Commissioner Hall's email to Deputy County Attorney Andrea Fraser
From: Hall, Tammy
Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 11:20 AM
To: Fraser, Andrea
Cc: Hunt, Michael; Hawes, Karen; Dist1, John Manning; Dist2, Brian Bigelow; Dist3, Ray Judah; Dist5, Frank Mann
Subject: County Manager Separation Agreement
Please provide me with the process to return to the County Manager Separation Agreement vote for next Tuesdays broad meeting.
After discovering today that we are including more than is required in the County Manager Severance portion of her contract I will not be able to support this Separation Agreement. When I asked you about this yesterday I felt that you instructed me that this agreement was consistent with the severance portion of her employment contract and that no other additions were being added. Please note the transcript of the meeting:
Fraser: September 22, 2009, contract with County Manager was executed, pursuant to the severance part of the package it says specifically 7A Severance Pay – 1 year base salary plus the equivalent of 12 month cost of Cobra benefits, all accrued vacation, sick time and holiday time as provided pursuant to this agreement. And when you turn over, that’s the severance portion of it. It is consistent with what is in the separation agreement that other portion of it includes I do believe deferred compensation, one year deferred compensation and that is also part of her compensation package that she is currently receives.
Hall: So this isn’t a request that she is making outside of the terms of her agreement that we signed when we engaged her in employment?
Fraser: No she is not
Hall: She’s not asking for anything more than we agreed to if we were going to severe?
Fraser: No that is correct.
As I stated in my meeting with you I could not support more than was required by the County according to the severance portion of her employment contract.
Commissioner Tammy Hall wants to rescind the county manager’s severance package, after learning the deputy county attorney misled her.
In an email to Deputy County Attorney Andrea Fraser, Hall writes: “after discovering today that we are including more than is required in the County Manager Severance portion of her contract I will not be able to support this Separation Agreement.
Hall states that she wants: “the process to return to the County Manager Separation Agreement vote for next Tuesdays board meeting. “
The News-Press uncovered and reported that Hawes’ separation agreement was more lucrative for her than the terms of the 2009 contract she signed with the county.
Fraser told the commission at Tuesday’s meeting that Hawes will receive nothing more than what’s guaranteed by her 2009 employment contract.
However, when questioned by The News-Press immediately after Tuesday’s meeting, Fraser admitted that Hawes will collect a $22,500 perk that was never guaranteed by her contract.
Fraser denied making the statement to the commission, when questioned by The News-Press after the meeting.
Hall includes an excerpt of her dialogue with Fraser at Tuesday’s meeting in the email she sent her Tuesday:
“Hall: So this isn’t a request that she is making outside of the terms of her agreement that we signed when we engaged her in employment?”
“Fraser: No she is not.”
Hawes resigned after it was revealed the county’s medical flight program, Medstar, was mismanaged under her administration.
Medstar failed to meet federal safety mandates for close to a year. County officials also billed for $3.3 million in flights, violating federal rules and triggering a probe by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Hawes, who knew about the failure to meet safety standards, stayed silent as her subordinates told the public they shut the program down to obtain a voluntary accreditation.
County officials didn’t admit to the failings until the News-Press presented them with proof they occurred.