The MSB manager seems to be very free and easy with regard to paying out “severance packages” to dearly departed MSB employees.
The MSB paid William F. Gamble $80,000 a few years ago…and today, via a Public Records Request, it was discovered that the MSB paid former MSB Emergency Services Director (Retired) Colonel Paul “Otto” Feather a bunch of money when he resigned in January 2019.
Col. Feather received a lump sum payment equal to 3 months’ pay – i..e 25% of his salary. Assuming that his salary was around 100K, the MSB gifted him approximately $25,000 when he left their (actually, our) employ.
Now – I am not blaming Col. Feather for accepting this payout, but I do think severance packages for government employees are a very bad idea.
There is absolutely no reason for a government employee who voluntarily resigns to get a big payout. And if a government employee is terminated for good cause, there is also no reason for that former employee to collect any money beyond their earned salary.
How can we solve this problem of the MSB manager freely spending tax payers’ $$ on severance packages?
The easiest way to accomplish this is to make all severance package payments subject to a public hearing and an Assembly vote.
However, for some unknown reason, the Assembly has ceded almost all authority to spend $ to the Manager (he can sign any contract up to 100K!) and we have zero transparency (No online checkbook etc.)
So, here is another (novel) idea:
This is the age old problem of “Other People’s Money.” It is very easy to spend OPM. It is much less easy to spend your own money.
If the Manager would like to pay out severance packages, the money should be deducted from his salary.
So, for example, if the Manager wants to pay out a severance package of $25,000, then the Manager’s salary of $200,000 will be reduced to $175,000. An $80K package? Fine, if the Manager’s salary is reduced to $120,000.