Augusta leaders are recommending being less generous when it comes to departing department directors.
The commissions Personnel Policy sub-committee, reaching a decision on future severance pay..
The committee’s recommendation is stop the practice of paying up to six months severance to department heads who leave for a new job, or retire.
“I don’t think that the city should carry that big price tag. I think we’re putting in place severance for certain situations, but for the most part, if you want to separate ways with the city, then I don’t think we should give you a whole lot of money to walk away,” says Commissioner Bobby Williams.
Department directors who are fired, or forced to resign will still be eligible for up to six months severance pay.
A proposal to cap that at three months was not approved by the sub-committee.
The full commission must still approve the change.