City settles McIlvain lawsuit

June 8, 2013

The city has agreed to a settlement in the lawsuit filed in district court by former tourism director Charlie McIlvain. He alleged age discrimination when he was terminated in December 2011.

City Manager Wayne McKethan denied that age was a factor when he replaced McIlvain with Shanna Smith, who was in her mid-20s when she was hired.

Smith left at the end of last month for a tourism-related job with the city of San Antonio, her hometown.

The Granbury City Council voted to approve the McIlvain settlement after coming out of closed session during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

No dollar amount was mentioned in the motion made by Tony Allen and seconded by Gary Couch.

City Attorney Stuart Neal declined to reveal the settlement amount, saying that paperwork needs to be signed first. He said that details of the agreement will be made public probably within a couple of weeks.

During his six years with the city, McIlvain headed up the Convention and Visitors Bureau and managed the Granbury Resort Conference Center. He won numerous awards within the tourism industry.

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