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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.

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