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City appears to reach fire chief settlement
Officials won't confirm deal
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Tuesday night’s meeting to discuss what should be done to end a brewing controversy between the city and former fire chief Keith Martin ended before it began.“Upon the advice of our legal counsel, we will not be having this discussion tonight,” said Safety Committee chairman Mike Neal. “It may come up at a later date, but we won’t be having it tonight.”Splashing cold water on the meeting was city attorney Tim Pirtle, who called an executive session for 5:30 p.m. to be held in the board room 30 minutes prior to the 6 p.m. Safety Committee meeting.Executive sessions are discussions between board members and legal counsel regarding litigation involving the city. The meetings are protected under attorney-client privilege and are not open to the public.What initially triggered the discontent between the city and Martin was a four-month severance package offer by McMinnville Mayor Jimmy Haley to Martin in September 2013 if Martin would quit.