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Updated Jul 15, 2012 - 11:37 am

Scottsdale enters settlements with former managers

PHOENIX (AP) — The city of Scottsdale has paid more than $328,000 over
the last four years to settle acrimonious departures by three different city
managers.

The Arizona Republic
reports that the City Council last week signed off on a $45,000
settlement with City Manager David Richert, who abruptly resigned the
previous week citing a lack of council support to remain an effective city
manager.

In exchange, Richert agreed not to file lawsuits against the city.

Richert’s two predecessors, John Little and Jan Dolan, also parted ways
similarly amid a growing discord with some elected officials at City Hall.

The severance packages for Little and Dolan were $123,000 and $160,000,
respectively.

Little was dismissed by the City Council in 2009 amid staunch
disagreements with the mayor and some council members.

Dolan ended her nearly eight-year term in 2008 through a “voluntary
severance” agreement with the council, which had divided bitterly over her
termination.

Some members cited poor morale among city staff as a reason.

Councilman Bob Littlefield, a frequent critic of Richert’s policies, said he
had no qualms with the payment.

“I’m not concerned at all (about the payment),” he said. “The bottom line is,
like I’ve said, I believe I didn’t like the way Dave was handling things. I’m
happy to see he is moving on to other opportunities. I think the money was
well spent.”

Lane cited several reasons for supporting Richert’s resignation, among
them his apparent failure to disclose certain information.

An e-mail sent to Richert from Human Resources Executive Director Terry
Welker claimed that facts presented to council members about a reduction
in the city’s police force were misleading. According to Lane, the e-mail
should have been shared with council members in the wake of claims about
high attrition among police officials, which proved to be false.

The city manager develops the city’s $1.2 billion budget, carries out the
council’s policies, and oversees services and a workforce of 2,500
employees.

Scottsdale Public Works Executive Director Dan Worth will take over as
acting city manager.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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