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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

January 23, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - There's a delay in renewing some top county contracts because of concerns over severance packages. The proposed contracts for Police Don Cheek and Administrator Richard Crowdis provide for six months severance pay. But Commissioners Jack Stone, Gloria Gaines and Muarlene Edwards object to that.

Gaines suggests offering them three months notice if they aren't going to be re-hired and then giving them three months severance pay. Chairman Jeff Sinyard says it's a good suggestion.

He said, "We're trying to make a prudent business decision. You have to have a plan that will allow us to keep good quality people. Getting good quality people in South Georgia has its own issues, so having a good package and a good program is very important. At the same time, you can't give too much, you have to protect the taxpayers money."

The commission will likely vote on those contracts next week. If the commission did not rehire one of those positions because of malfeasance in office or dereliction of duties, no severance would be offered. If they resign, they would be required to provide 60 days notice.

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