The West Richland City Council is expected Tuesday night to consider creating employment agreements with severance packages for department directors and the police chief.
A council workshop is planned at 6 p.m. to review the proposed employment agreements, which include a severance package of one month notice and up to five months salary after five years of service, Councilman Richard Bloom told the Herald in an email.
Currently, the city’s police chief has a contract with a severance package, according to information from the city.
The council at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. will vote on the new employment contract agreements with the police chief, the public works director, finance director and community and economic development director.
Both meetings are at City Hall, 3803 W. Van Giesen St.
In 2010, Donna Noski terminated then-City Administrator Dave Weiser and requested the resignation of Police Chief Layne Erdman on her first day on the job as mayor of West Richland. Neither received any severance pay, Bloom said.
Bloom, who is running unopposed in Tuesday's election, said the proposed agreements to extend severance benefits to these staff members “will unnecessarily increase costs for the citizens of West Richland (in) any reorganization.”