Attorney of ex-Sparks fire chief sends city $441,000 demand letter

Mark Lawson’s attorney sent a second demand letter Thursday to the city of Sparks over his short-lived stint fire chief.

The letter gives a deadline of two weeks for those demands to be addressed, including possible presentation to the city council, or else “Chief Lawson will be left with no other choice but to seek relief in the courts.”

The city says, “Mr. Lawson is not currently employed with the city of Sparks. As this matter is now at the pre-litigation stage, the city of Sparks does not have any further comment.”

The letter seeks $441,218.83 – $250,000 for alleged damage to his reputation, $20,000 for attorney fees and costs, and the rest for wages and unused leave. It also requests health and disability insurance for six months. The first demand letter sought reinstatement.

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