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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