Former city manager to be paid more than $475,000
Garry McKay and the City of Moose Jaw have finalized the former city manager's severance package.
McKay's employment with the city was terminated by council June 13. In an interview the following day, Mayor Deb Higgins said the severance was "for sure ... without cause" and that council had felt it was necessary to proceed in a new direction with new leadership at City Hall.
As reported by the Times-Herald June 21, details of the vote are not publicly accessible because it was held in camera, but minutes of the personnel committee meeting during which the decision was made revealed that the motion to terminate McKay's employment was moved by Coun. Candis Kirkpatrick.
The Times-Herald requested the details of McKay's severance package from the city on Wednesday.
"When any person leaves an employer, there are a number of payments required which are unrelated to the manner of termination. For example, all employees are required to be paid out for unused vacation days to the point they leave employment," responded Myron Gulka-Tiechko, the city's clerk and solicitor, in correspondence.
"In the City's case, there are additional payments which eligible long-term employees are entitled to. This applies whether the employee is in management or in the union. ... They are also entitled to payment one day for each four days of unused sick days to a prescribed limit."
McKay will receive $475,849.49 in severance and related payments
According to Gulka-Tiechko, McKay was entitled to a total of $77,865.31 in relation to those payments, with over half of that amount relating to unused vacation time.
In addition, he wrote, "(McKay's) employment contract entitled him to 24 months salary and benefits." That amount totaled $397,984.18.
As such, McKay will receive $475,849.49 in severance and related payments.
He has already received his vacation pay entitlement and eight weeks of salary in lieu of notice, Gulka-Tiechko said, and will receive the balance of the amount owed in three equal installments over the next three years.
Gulka-Tiechko told the Times-Herald Monday that the splitting of the payments was "really a neutral issue."
"Basically, the amount of the payment is the same regardless of how long a period it's paid over. The city doesn't lose anything by (paying in installments)," he said. "It is a bit of an advantage (to pay in installments), but ultimately the city will pay the total amount in any event. ... It allows us to defer it a bit."
When asked if McKay was amenable during severance negotiations, Gulka-Tiechko declined to comment.
"I don't think it would be appropriate for the city to comment on that," he said.
McKay could not be reached for comment.