City, Flanagan agree on terms for severance
The city of Fairfield has come to an agreement with city administrator Kevin Flanagan about the terms of his severance.
The council accepted Flanagan’s resignation at the council meeting Monday, and finalized the agreement with him Thursday when all parties signed the resolution. According to the resolution, the two sides agreed Flanagan’s behavior did not warrant discipline, suspension or termination under the city’s policies and procedures. Furthermore, they agreed the personnel committee’s evaluations showed mixed support for the administrator.
The personnel committee met in March and voted 3-0 not to renew Flanagan’s contract. His contract was to expire June 28, but that timeline has been changed since Flanagan announced his resignation after a closed council meeting April 9.
According to the severance agreement he signed with the city, Flanagan is not expected to be in the office after today. He will continue to be paid his full salary until May 1. He will receive six months of severance pay, which was stipulated in his employment agreement signed on April 28, 2012. His severance pay will last until Oct. 31. He will continue to receive group health insurance benefits through Dec. 31.
Although he will not be in the office after today, Flanagan can still be called on to report to meetings and meet with city personnel or other parties in the execution of his duties as administrator. From May 1 through Oct. 31, he will be available for phone consultations.
Mayor Ed Malloy said he, the council and the city staff will have to pick up the slack after Flanagan leaves and until the city can find a replacement.
“We’ll manage projects and we’ll all be taking care of the city’s administrative needs,” he said.
Malloy said the personnel committee will meet soon to discuss whether the city will use a recruiting service to find a replacement for Flanagan, and then recommend a course of action to the full council.
City attorney John Morrissey said Flanagan will spend the next few weeks creating a check-list of projects that need to be completed to ensure a smooth transition between his departure and the arrival of his replacement.
“We’ve got a lot of projects,” Morrissey said. “We have the Tax Increment Financing district that goes along with the Pilot Grove Savings Bank project, and the Logan Apartments proposal will go out for bids. The pool/gym project is constantly on the table, too.”
Flanagan had not returned a request for comment by press time.