Albany City Manager explains why severance deals are good business - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Albany City Manager explains why severance deals are good business

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

November 12, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Police Chief James Younger is getting a $40,000 dollar severance deal for resigning, at taxpayer's expense.

The city manager says that's good business. Alfred Lott has given nine department heads severance packages in their offer letters. Chief Younger was the only manager to receive a severance clause in his contract. Lott admits he didn't have to give the chief the deal, but explained the Chief has done some good things for the department.

"It is a matter of recruiting and negotiating to get people to come work for this city or the city of Columbus or any other city. Because we are, and it's a standard practice within the senior executive level of employment," said Alfred Lott, Albany City Manager.

Lott said the severance packages could save the city in the long run. He offered a deal to former Albany Civic Center manager Mattie Goddard. She turned it down and sued the city. Her lawsuit has cost the city more than $200,000 in legal fees. The agreement with Younger includes language that releases the city from any lawsuit in exchange for the severance.

Feedback

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • The Latest: Irma weakens into a tropical depression

    The Latest: Irma weakens into a tropical depression

    Monday, September 11 2017 3:27 AM EDT2017-09-11 07:27:29 GMT
    Tuesday, September 12 2017 2:42 AM EDT2017-09-12 06:42:09 GMT
    Irma weakened to a Category 1 storm as the massive hurricane zeroed in on the Tampa Bay region early Monday after hammering much of Florida with roof-ripping winds, gushing floodwaters and widespread power outages.More >>
    Irma weakened to a Category 1 storm as the massive hurricane zeroed in on the Tampa Bay region early Monday after hammering much of Florida with roof-ripping winds, gushing floodwaters and widespread power outages.More >>
  • Sisters face drug charges in Coffee Co.

    Sisters face drug charges in Coffee Co.

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 10:44 AM EDT2017-09-19 14:44:52 GMT
    (Source: Coffee Co. Sheriff)(Source: Coffee Co. Sheriff)

    Krystel Merritt and Christina Maria Lott of Douglas are behind bars at the Coffee County Jail following a lengthy investigation by drug agents. 

    More >>

    Krystel Merritt and Christina Maria Lott of Douglas are behind bars at the Coffee County Jail following a lengthy investigation by drug agents. 

    More >>
  • Albany Target to hire seasonal employees soon

    Albany Target to hire seasonal employees soon

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 5:33 AM EDT2017-09-19 09:33:16 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Nationwide, the company plans to hire 100,000 seasonal employees to help with the demand.

    More >>

    Nationwide, the company plans to hire 100,000 seasonal employees to help with the demand.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly