The city’s health benefits package may pay a portion of the cost for City Manager Robert Heacock’s treatment for an alcohol problem.

The city’s health benefits package may pay a portion of the cost for City Manager Robert Heacock’s treatment for an alcohol problem.

Due to privacy concerns and restrictions, City Attorney Allen Garner would not comment specifically on if the city’s benefits plan covers the cost of Heacock’s treatment, but in a statement said the city provides two health plans from which city employees elects coverage.

Heacock told The Examiner Thursday morning that he “has an alcohol problem,” and intends to seek treatment, after his arrest Tuesday morning by Lee’s Summit police for driving while intoxicated.

“Both plans cover a number of treatments according to terms of the individual plan documents,” Garner said in the statement. “Subject to the coverage, limitations, deductibles, co-pays and other cost sharing mechanisms within each plan, employees may utilize the coverage provided for items including mental health counseling, substance addictions and abuse, physical ailments and many other items.”

It is not known what benefits plan Heacock chose or if the plan offers employee assistance or not.

Council Member Will Swoffer said Heacock’s situation has “got to be really rough on his family.” Heacock is married with children.

“Gee, I feel badly for anyone in that situation,” Swoffer said, declining to comment on some of the information delved from the official police report. “As far as knowing what happened, I don’t really know the facts. I know that there have been steps to remedy (the situation).”

Swoffer said he may be privy to more information after the City Council’s executive session before Monday’s City Council meeting. Heacock was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated after leaving a bar in downtown Lee’s Summit early Tuesday morning. He was released after posting a $300 bond. Heacock was not driving a city-issued vehicle.   

“The Mayor and the City Council,” Swoffer said, “until we know what actually happened, I have no comment on that.”

Deputy City Manager John Pinch will take charge of city affairs during Heacock’s absence, which is indefinite.