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Embattled sewer chief to resign, settle with city

Photo Credit: KOIN 6 NEWS - Bureau of Environmental Serivces Director Deam Marriott has reportedly struck a deal to resign Wednesday.The head of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services Bureau, suspended since October, has agreed to resign his position and not sue the city.

The City Council is scheduled to vote on a settlement agreement that will give Marriott an extra $47,000 plus his annual $199,160 salary on Wednesday, Jan. 7. According to the agreement, that will be Marriott's last day at BES.

Marriott’s legal team filed a tort claim against the city on Nov. 19, 2014, asserting his suspension was politically motivated and violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

The City of Portland opted to place Marriott on paid administrative leave as BES director after a KOIN 6 News-prompted city audit found the construction of an employee building at the Columbia Wastewater Treatment Plant ballooned to more than $12.5 million despite an original estimate of $3 million.

Many of the cost increases over the course of the project were green-lit without approval from City Council, the audit found.

Marriott’s tort alleged the audit on the building was “highly skewed and biased.” The filing accused Portland City Auditor Lavonne Griffin-Valade and City Commissioner Nick Fish of maneuvering against Marriott and sought punitive damage from the both of them.