I want to be a city manager. I know nothing about the job or what it entails. And who cares? All I know is want to have get one of these sweet severance packages that city mangers receive when they get kicked to the curb. Like this one.
Firing City Manager John Little may have brought some political peace to Scottsdale City Hall, but terminating his contract came with a price. Little’s employment contract granted him a severance package worth six months of his total compensation, which included wages, vacation time and other benefits. The cost of Little’s severance comes to more than $120,000.
Here is the breakdown of Big John Little’s package:
- Six months’ wages: $95,004
- Six months’ vacation accrual payoff: $10,962
- Six months’ auto allowance: $3,600
- Six months’ deferred compensation: $11,400.48
- Six months’ medical, dental and life insurance coverage: $2,411.64
- TOTAL $123,378.12
Are you PO’d yet? No? the story gets better.
It is cheaper than what it cost when then-City Manager Jan Dolan left in early 2008. Dolan received $160,000 as part of her voluntary separation agreement. Little’s separation is not the first time this year the city paid to get rid of a charter officer. It cost Scottsdale $105,200 to pay off former City Attorney Deborah Robberson’s contract.
Down the road in Tucson, we have a similar story to tell. When Tucson’s City Council fired city manager Mike Hein last year, he too received a six month severance package.
The City Council voted 4-3 this afternoon to remove City Manager Mike Hein from office. The vote came after an approximately 20-minute, closed-door meeting to conduct his annual performance evaluation. The motion was approved with no public discussion. Hein, who was paid more than $200,000 annually, left the meeting immediately following the vote saying he had no comment. His employment contract guarantees him six months severance pay.
Still not mad? OK try this out. Time to pour salt in the wound. They hired this guy back!
Former Tucson City Manager Mike Hein has been hired to head up the county’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
Hein will make $110,000 a year in the new position.
Hein, Tucson’s city manager since April 2005, lost the job in April when the City Council voted 4-3 to fire him. He received six months’ severance pay. He was arrested in September in Oro Valley on a charge of DUI.
So I want to be a city manager. It obviously does not matter to anyone in the state how you perform. They are going to reward you handsomely, no matter what. Nice work if you can get it.