The amount of money the city will pay Farwell also bothered at-large Councilman-elect Tom Determann, who felt the council should have done Farwell’s performance evaluation in the open and then handed the decision to the incoming council.
“I totally disagree with what they’re doing, especially the payout,” he said. “I think they should change their decision. It should be our decision not theirs.”
Vulich has the authority to veto the resolutions accepting Farwell’s resignation and severance package within 14 days of the vote being taken. Council members would then have 30 days to override his veto, which would require support from five of the seven council members.
Vulich, who voiced opposition to the council’s request during the Dec. 10 meeting, did not respond to requests for comment.
If approved, Farwell’s severance will come from the city attorney’s budget, which originally included $250,000 to get the city through the end of the legal malpractice trial that it lost in October. However, because the city changed the contract with Chicago law firm Hannafan and Hannafan to a contingency contract, the city didn’t use the entire budget.
The new council would discuss the desired direction for the city attorney position during its first meeting Jan. 14.