City Administrator Jared Hancock will receive a severance payment of $125,000 (plus accrued vacation time) as provided in his employment contract with the city of Susanville and may serve as a consultant on an as needed basis at $150 per hour after his last day on the job Oct. 11.
Jessica Ryan, city attorney, announced the council and Hancock had mutually decided to end their relationship during a closed-session meeting Wednesday, Aug. 16, but the details of that agreement were not made public until late last week.
Ryan announced the decision as a report of the council’s closed session action and said the city would follow up with a press release.
Ryan released a statement on city letterhead Friday, Aug. 18 praising Hancock and his dedication to the city, but it provided no information regarding the separation agreement between Hancock and the city.
Responding to a question from the newspaper at the council’s Wednesday, Sept. 6 meeting (and in a Thursday, Sept. 7 statement), Ryan said Hancock will receive a cash payment of $125,000 and payment for his accrued vacation time as “full and final payment for all wage and benefit obligations the city of Susanville owes Mr. Hancock including the severance pay outlined in the employment contract of Mr. Hancock.”
Hancock may provide up to 12 hours of independent consulting services to entities other than the city, subject to “conflict review” by Ryan, until his last day on the job. Finally, Ryan said Hancock and the city will enter into a “post-separation consulting agreement” for Hancock’s services on an “as needed” basis.
The city also released a copy of the separation agreement between Hancock
and the city Thursday, Sept 7.
The separation agreement was signed by Kathie Garnier, the city’s mayor, Hancock and Ryan on Sept. 6.
According to the agreement, the council voted 4-0 Aug. 16 to end its relationship with Hancock (councilmember Joe Franco was absent), and Hancock and the city will “enter into a post-separation agreement at the previously discussed rate and terms.”
In a telephone interview Thursday, Sept. 7, Hancock said his employment contract with the city includes a severance agreement under which he will be paid one-month’s salary for every year of employment with the city. He also said he will earn $150 per hour as an independent contractor and consultant if needed after his last day on Oct. 11.