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Ex-city manager Eric Anderson will walk away with year’s salary

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on July 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm | 3 Comments »
July 18, 2011 5:29 pm

Eric Anderson will receive $261,107 for being dismissed from his job as Tacoma city manager.

The city council declined to renew Anderson’s contract. But even though his contract ran out Friday, the city still owes him severance pay equal to a year’s salary: $235,373.

That’s in addition to the vacation time Anderson accumulated — about 26 days, or $23,924 — and two days of holiday pay or $1,811.

Those are the terms of his contract, which originally called for one-and-a-half years worth of severance pay. That was decreased to coincide with a 17 percent pay raise for Anderson — a raise he gave up for a year but accepted in 2010.

His contract says:

Should Employee be terminated involuntarily, asked to resign, or otherwise end employment at the request of the City, or should the Council not extend this agreement, Employee will be provided with one and one-half year’s severance pay at his then-current rate of pay. Provided, however, that when the city manager’s salary is increased as stated in section 3 below due to two quarters of consecutive economic growth, said severance pay shall be reduced from one and one-half years to one year severance pay.

Should Employee’s termination be the result of gross negligence, or conviction of a gross misdemeanor or felony offense, then no severance pay will be granted.

Rey Arellano today started filling in as city manager as the city prepares to search for a new one. He made $208,446 last year. Learn more about him in my profile in today’s paper.

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