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Gainesville council to vote Thursday on former city manager's severance package

Shuler resigned while under investigation

POSTED: December 17, 2008 5:00 a.m.

It looks as if there will be a decision Thursday on former City Manager Bryan Shuler’s severance pay.

The Gainesville City Council has called a meeting for Thursday to decide on Shuler’s possible severance, according to a public notice sent by the assistant to the city clerk.

Shuler, an 11-year city employee, resigned immediately on Nov. 13, citing a need to care for his ailing parents.

Documents obtained by The Times through an Open Records Act request show that at the time of his resignation, Shuler had been on paid administrative leave for three days while the city’s mayor investigated an anonymous allegation of sexual harassment.

By the time Shuler resigned, the city found no evidence that he had violated city policy, according to Sam Harben, the attorney for the city’s personnel board.

Shuler declined to comment when reached at his home Tuesday afternoon.

In his letter of resignation, Shuler stated that he expected to receive six months’ pay and benefits, which his employment agreement states he would be entitled to if he was fired before the end of his term of employment.

The agreement states that Shuler is not entitled to severance pay if he voluntarily resigns or is fired for wrong-doing. The City Council can vote to give him a severance package, however, even if he resigned, Harben said.

Shuler is currently being paid for his accrued vacation leave.

The meeting to determine Shuler’s possible severance will begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the city manager’s conference room in the Joint Administration Building. The council’s regular work session will follow the voting meeting.



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