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January 3, 2014

Mayor vetoes Farwell severance package

New Councilmembers react


Ward 2 Councilwoman Lynn McGraw indicated she would vote against a severance package beyond the scope of Farwell’s contract.

“I feel like we need to give him three months,” McGraw said. “I don’t care what we did in the past. There’s been a lot of reference to that. I think it’s too bad for Jeff, but that’s what his contract states.”

The references to the past have been to former City Administrator Jeff Horne’s severance package, which was for six months as dictated by his contract.

At-Large Councilman Grant Wilke said he would need to really look at the issue before deciding on whether or not to override the mayor’s veto, although he expressed concern about departing from the agreement Farwell signed when the council hired him in 2010.

“A contract is a contract,” Wilke said. “Whenever you deviate from a contract there’s always an impact on other areas and then where do you stop?

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