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Severance for top public officials is common, but not without controversy

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Posted: Saturday, July 3, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 3:02 pm, Mon Jul 5, 2010.

If Loren Cattolico, Galt’s police chief, were to be dismissed, he would receive four months salary and benefits as part of his severance package.

The city of Lodi’s attorney, Steven Schwabauer, would earn six months pay and benefits if he were fired for reasons not relating to his job performance.

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  • roy bitz posted at 10:17 am on Mon, Jul 5, 2010.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    I believe the council should review all local public service employment contracts with an eye on total compensation. I believe some contracts should be eliminated and replaced with a simple employer/employee relationship. For example:
    I recall reading the terms of the contract Mr. King created for the new position of deputy city manager. I believe this total contract is costing tax payers close to $190k annually. I think this contract is excessive considering the limited accountability and responsibility of the position. I do not believe this should be a contracted position and I believe many qualified applicants would jump at the opportunity to have this job---- without demanding such a generous contract. I think the same is true of the position of city manager. It may be common practice to contract these positions, but I question the need to offer contracts to attract qualified applicants.

  • posted at 9:38 am on Sat, Jul 3, 2010.


    Fundamentally I agree with Joanne, but it is no longer 1966. These severance packages are a necessary evil to attract quality top level managers. Joanne needs to research her private sector information. These are more common that Joanne knows. As a Manager with a small nationwide firm (privately owned by one family) I have a six months severance exit handshake that has been negotiated into my contract. I have been with the company for 18 years.



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