SELAH, Wash – Selah City Council members won’t be taking up the issue of tripling City Administrator Don Wayman’s severance pay for now.
Mayor Sherry Raymond said Thursday that the issue has been pulled from Tuesday’s agenda because discussion on removing Parks and Leisure Board member Bill Callahan is expected to take up most of the meeting.
At the council’s Aug. 9 meeting, Raymond proposed amending Wayman’s contract to give him 18 months’ severance pay should he be dismissed without cause. Council members tabled the request to find out how much other eastern Washington city administrators are offered in their contracts.
Raymond sought to increase the severance option to “protect” him in the event she is not re-elected three years from now and the new mayor fires him. Raymond based her concern on hostile online comments about Wayman.
Wayman’s current contract grants him half of his $122,000 salary if he were to be let go without cause.
Raymond said the city’s human resources manager is still conducting that research, and she anticipates it could come back to the council in the next month or two.
This story will be updated.