Columbus City Attorney’s Office releases copy of police chief’s severance package offer

Published: Mar. 24, 2023 at 4:47 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The Columbus City Attorney’s Office has released a copy of the severance package offered to Police Chief Freddie Blackmon.

Blackmon received their offer just one day after presenting a strategic plan to the Columbus City Council following an internal assessment questioning his leadership role.

The city attorney’s office released the four-page document to the media in response to an open records request. The package includes a lump sum of $250,000 in severance money with a termination date effective April 5.

His health insurance benefits would continue for the next seven years. Additionally, a pension plan is also in agreement.

See below for the complete copy of the chief’s offered severance:

At this time, there is no official word on whether the chief will accept the severance. However, if he does, Blackmon will give up his right to file a lawsuit against the city for any reason.

In an exclusive interview, the chief recently sat down with News Leader 9′s Roslyn Giles, discussing his thoughts on the controversy surrounding his job.

Stay with News Leader 9 as we keep you up-to-date on the latest for this developing story.