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January 2, 2014

BREAKING: Mayor Vulich vetoes Farwell severance

CLINTON — Mayor Mark Vulich has vetoed the Clinton City Council's decision to offer City Attorney Jeff Farwell a six-month severance package.

In a statement issued this afternoon, Vulich said the council was justified in asking for Farwell's resignation during the Dec. 10 meeting, but not in awarding him a a severance package of six months of salary and six months of health insurance.

"In good conscious, I cannot sign this resolution as approved by the council since the severance package was increased to six months," Vulich wrote.

According to his contract, Farwell would be offered a three-month severance package if the council asked for his resignation.

The six-month package would have cost the city $56,000.

Vulich had until the end of the day today to veto, sign or allow the resolution to go into effect without his signature.

Five of the seven council members would need to vote in favor of the six-month severance package to override Vulich's veto.

The council voting on the override would not be the same council that approved the settlement agreement on Dec. 20. 

Four new council members were sworn in Thursday morning. The new members will meet for the first council meeting on Jan. 14. 

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