BAXTER -- The Baxter City Council met in closed session Tuesday to discuss the departure of Doug Sucik as Baxter's building inspector.
After the closed session, the council approved motions to acknowledge the "voluntary vacation" by Sucik of his position with the city and to request that staffers present him with his required federal insurance notification since he is considered to be no longer employed by Baxter. Also, the city authorized staffers to advertise for his position with the goal of filling the post as soon as possible.
According to the Baxter Personnel and Police Commission minutes of July 13, Sucik began an unpaid 12-week leave of absence on Dec. 6, 1999, as provided by the Family Medical Leave Act. That leave and Sucik's accrued sick leave and vacation time were exhausted in late March.
On behalf of the city, attorney Tom Fitzpatrick wrote to Sucik's attorney on three occasions in an attempt to arrange for an independent evaluation of Sucik to determine his fitness to return to work.
After two letters were sent by Fitzpatrick without a commitment to the evaluation, Sucik agreed to an independent examination. Fitzpatrick gave Sucik seven days from July 6 to consent to the exam or to be deemed to have abandoned his city job.
In a response by letter dated July 11, Sucik's attorney informed the city that, "Mr. Sucik declines to undergo such an evaluation at this time." The city then concluded that Sucik voluntarily terminated his employment with Baxter.
Sucik could not be reached for comment today. He did not attend Tuesday's meeting.
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