He added that by allowing new City Council members their choice of a city attorney, the same principles should be adopted for the selection of a city administrator.
Vulich wasn’t the only one to oppose the recommendation made by Graf; Ward 4 Councilman Paul Gassman also disagreed and represented the only negative vote in the final 6 to 1 tally.
With the nearly unanimous vote, the motion moved forward to the Dec. 20 City Council meeting. If the council votes in favor of the recommendation then, Farwell’s resignation will be filed on Jan. 2, 2014, when the new council members are sworn in to office and he will receive a six-month severance package as well as six months of medical insurance coverage from the city.
Although the majority of the council agreed on the request for resignation, some offered their praise with the work Farwell has done in more than three years of service. Councilwoman Maggie Klaes voted yes during roll call, but afterword thanked Farwell for his work with the city and members of the council.
“I just want to say thank you to Jeff, as he has done a wonderful job as our city attorney these last three and a half years. It breaks my heart that the city will lose you at this point in time,” Klaes said. “I can understand with the changeover of four of the council members. It is for the best. Thank you for everything you did.”