Retirement Package Over $1 Million for CA City Manager
A former California city manager just received the award for the highest paid such employee to not work a single day, taking home almost $1 million in 2020.
Ken Hunt, the former city manager of Fontana, California, with an estimated population of 214,547, collected $932,623 in 2020 by “resigning to retire,” according to Governing.com.
Hunt announced his retirement in July 2019, and the city agreed to pay him for the rest of 2019, as well as all of 2020, totaling $1,127,378 in wages and benefits.
In exchange for the generous payout, Hunt waived his rights to any potential claim against the city, agreed not to defame the City Council and said he wouldn’t share his opinion on the settlement negotiations, the terms of the agreement or his employment with the city, Governing.com reported.
It’s unclear when the Fontana City Council approved this settlement.
Scott Kaufman, the legislative director for the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, took issue with the lack of transparency.
"If the public doesn't believe those dollars are being appropriately spent, they have the right to remove the elected officials at the next election, or even recall them," Kaufman said. "It's not the city of Fontana's money, it's taxpayers' money.”
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