Terms of James’ Departure from City Revealed
Prince George, B.C.- 250News has received the details of the departure of City Manager, Beth James, from Prince George City Hall in January.
The response to part of a Freedom of Information Request filed with the City, indicates Ms. James agreed to a “leave with pay” until September 25th of 2015. According to the agreement signed January 10th, Ms. James’ employment would be terminated and a Record of Employment issued effective September 25th.
For the course of the 8.5 months she was to be on ‘leave’, the City agreed to continue to pay Ms. James’ salary in the usual way, pay the premiums for Medical, Dental and Extended Health, continue to make contributions to the Pension Plan, and continue to pay her car allowance in the amount of $500 per month.
Under the agreement, the City was to “permit Ms. James to retain her mobile telephone and number (subject to the provider’s consent), and she would be responsible for the full costs of her mobile effective February 1, 2015.
The City also agreed to pay up to $25,000 for moving expenses (receipts required) and up to $2,500 for legal fees.
The agreement is a little more expensive than the package said to have been negotiated when Ms. James arrived in May of 2013.
At that time, the City indicated her severance package would consist of six months salary plus one month for each year of service. If that was the full severance package agreed to at the time of her hiring, she could expect to receive 7.5 months of salary. The additional month under this severance deal may well be to cover the 30 vacation days she was entitled to.
The City did pay “up to $25,000” in moving expenses to bring Ms. James to Prince George, so the exit moving expenses would appear to be in addition to the severance package she had negotiated when hired. Also, the continued vehicle allowance of $500 per month would add nearly $4.5 thousand to the deal.
With Legal fees tacked on, the cost of saying farewell to Ms. James will cost the City up to $32 thousand dollars over and above the severance package the City had indicated was negotiated with Ms. James in the spring of 2013 when she was hired. The exact figure cannot be determined at this time as two elements, the moving expenses and legal fees, could come in under their allotted maximums.
250News has yet to receive the requested details of the departure deal arranged for Communications Manager Todd Corrigall.