Council approves Dumbauld severance package

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Updated: 8/09/2013 10:04 am
According to Mayor Glen Robertson the chapter dealing with former City Manager Lee Ann Dumbauld and the city is officially closed. Dumbauld will soon receive a check from the city totaling close to $351,000.

On Thursday, council voted unanimously to authorize the mayor to execute a severance agreement with the former city manager. She was fired last month. 

Robertson said this settles all monies owed to Dumbauld. The agreement also has releases to both parties for any future action.

"This is behind us," Robertson said. "The check will be cut to Ms. Dumbauld and we will go down the road. My understanding is that the severance agreement kicks in because she was not fired for cause. If we had fired her for cause then the severance agreement you wouldn't have to pay for it."

Robertson said this agreement was signed in 2005. Council postponed any action on a future replacement for a city manager. Council asked staff for additional information. A permanent replacement could take 6 months to a year.
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Liberty Seeker - 8/9/2013 3:33 AM
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A public official uses her authority to persuade her subordinates to file criminal charges against her adversary, and this type of abuse of authority is not cause to remove such deviant from power? How far does an official have to abuse power to be thrown out with cause? Obviously filing apparently exaggerated or fictitious criminal charges is not currently sufficient. What if filing exaggerated charges causes the public official's victim to be kidnapped under the fiction of "due process"? Is it bona-fide "due process" when the persons taking action have to keep the accuser happy to keep his job? Are the persons who operated on behalf of a public official's exaggerated charge willing accomplices, or are they merely afraid that a hothead in power could have his family harmed if he did not play along? What are the political and economic ramifications when the hothead's innocent adversary is exonerated? Will the city secretly pay $351,000 to keep everything quiet and to avoid criminal charges of abuse of authority? Dumbauld should have been before a judge to answer for her abuse of authority. She should be grateful that the charges her minions filed were thrown out, and no one was taken by gunpoint to a location out of the victim's control. It is a sign of tyranny when a public official not only get's away with abuse of authority, but actually profits from the crime. Fortunately, hothead politician has no golden parachute, so his severance package should be limited to an armed escort out of city hall [similar to the escort granted to the citizens at the public LP&L board hearing last month].
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