Ask Us: Agreement between Cress, Rescue Squad made public

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 7, 2019

Editor’s note: Ask Us is a weekly feature published online Mondays and in print on Tuesdays. We’ll seek to answer your questions about items or trends in Rowan County. Have a question? Email it to askus@salisburypost.com.

SALISBURY — While some information remains undisclosed about his departure, an agreement providing details about former Rowan Rescue Squad Chief Eddie Cress’ departure from the organization has been obtained by the Salisbury Post through an open-records request.

Cress left the squad for undisclosed reasons earlier this year. His wife and son also left the squad.

Multiple Post readers asked about the reason for his departure. And the Post submitted an open-records request for documents pertaining to his departure last month.

The document provided to the Post includes six agreements between Cress and the Rescue Squad.

“Cress and the Rescue Squad agree that it is in the best interest of both Cress and the Rescue Squad to act in a manner that is in the interest of both,” states a “non-disclosure, non-disparagement” agreement.

Both agreed to not make comments that would be “disparaging” toward the other party in the media, on social media or by “personal comment.”

Moreover, the Rescue Squad agreed to continue to cover his health insurance “in exchange for such resignation.” Cress’ insurance was covered through June 30, according to the agreement. The cost was $750 per month, according to Rescue Squad Attorney Jeremy Carter.

Cress’ cooperation with the squad for the “orderly transfer of his responsibilities to the current successor to his position” was also stipulated in the agreement.

Finally, the agreement states, “The parties agree that each has confidential information about the other and that each shall treat such information as confidential unless Rowan County determines that such is no longer confidential due to an open records law request which the Rowan County shall determine in its discretion.”

The Salisbury Post submitted another records request for the “confidential information” and for the amount of the health insurance.

Carter said that information will not be released.

“With regards to the confidential information, such information cannot be released at this time without violating the confidentiality of those receiving services from the Rescue Squad or for other legal reasons that such information is confidential at this time, including, but not limited to, attorney-client privilege,” Carter wrote in an email.

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