PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland’s former health inspector who drew the ire of the city’s restaurant and bar owners for her tough inspections was given more than $18,000 to resign and promised not to disparage city officials.
The terms of Michele Sturgeon’s agreement to resign signed Aug. 22 were obtained by the Portland Press Herald, under a public records request.
The agreement says Sturgeon agreed “never to disparage or speak ill of the city or any of its products,” prevents her from filing any claims against the city and prohibits her from discussing details of her severance.
The seven-page agreement does not suggest any wrongdoing.
A city lawyer refused to discuss the agreement.
Sturgeon was hired in August 2011 to strengthen the city’s restaurant inspection program, and failure rates immediately leaped.