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City may face lawsuit from fire chief
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It appears a financial settlement could be pending between city officials and McMinnville Fire Chief Keith Martin – a compromise taxpayers will have to pay.An executive session was held Tuesday night immediately following a special called session of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Executive sessions are privileged meetings between officials and city attorney Tim Pirtle regarding legal issues facing the city.Martin has sought the legal assistance of an attorney with the firm of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel of Chattanooga. Attempts by the Southern Standard to speak with the attorney were unsuccessful.What triggered the discontent between the city and Martin was a four-months severance pay offer by McMinnville Mayor Jimmy Haley if Martin would leave the job.

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