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City manager will receive $100k as farewell payoff

SNOHOMISH — City Manager Larry Bauman will lose his title and his job in the city’s switch to a mayor-led city before his contract expires, and that means the city must pay up.
It means a $112,000 payoff, or nine months of approximately $12,425 in salary. His base salary was $146,067.
The City Council re-authorized his latest contract in June, after the transition from last November’s Proposition 2 vote was a foregone conclusion.
The transition Nov. 28 eliminates the city manager’s position as head of City Hall; the mayor can hire a city administrator as a second-in-command.
City finance manager Debbie Burton said the one-time payment will come from the city’s general fund, but it was not budgeted for. The general fund pays for the city’s day-to-day expenses. The payment will require a budget amendment at the Dec. 5 council meeting, Burton said.
The City Council discussed the city manager’s termination at its meeting this week. Prior to this, the council sought the opinion of special outside legal counsel concerning the contract closeout, according to the council packet.
The payment is calculated based on three months of the city manager’s base salary for the first year of employment plus the contractual maximum of six years of salary for his years of service.
Bauman was hired in 2002 from being assistant city manager in Shoreline. Early on, he helped steer Snohomish through an environmental lawsuit about sewage.
His last day is Wednesday, Nov. 22. Mayor-elect John Kartak has clearly said he does not plan to hire Bauman; his competitor Karen Guzak intended to keep Bauman in a temporary government transition role.

 

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