Newark City Council Approves Rodney Deal, City Manager’s Retirement Pay

Newark – The Newark City Council has unanimously ratified the purchase and sale agreement of the Rodney Dormitory parcel, according to a Tweet sent out by the city’s social media staff.

Newark City Hall

In another tweet the staff announced that the council has approved an early retirement compensation for the City Manager. After coming out of executive session Councilman Stu Markham made a motion to amend the city manager’s agreement to read

Should the city manger resign upon a sixty days notice effective between May 15, 2017 and June 15, 2017 the city agrees that she shall be entitled to separation pay as set fourth in section 3B of her employee agreement.

Prompted by the Mayor Polly Sierer, Councilwoman Jennifer Wallace made a second motion regarding the City Manager, Carol Houck’s, early retirement agreement.

I make a motion that council open up the memo dated March 13, 2017 from the city manager to mayor and council regarding the city managers  limited early retirement incentive options

Both motions carried unanimously (This can be viewed in the first  3 minutes of the video)

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