Over half a million dollars in severance for two former city employees
Published Monday, May 21, 2012 4:52PM MDT
The City of Calgary has paid just under $600,000 in severance pay to two former senior managers of the Calgary Parking Authority.
It was a year ago the former general manager of the Calgary Parking Authority, Dale Fraser, and his assistant, Al Bazaar had their contracts terminated.
City officials have stated the move was about changing the direction of the parking authority. The severance deal was reached last year but the cost to taxpayers has only just been revealed.
"These employees now have to find other jobs and look at repositioning their lives," says Ward 4 Councillor Gael Macleod. "Given the circumstances, it's not as outrageous as actually seems,"
"These are based on court settlements."
Dale Fraser had 14 years of service and Al Bazaar had 37 years.
One of the problems was the older style contracts with the parking authority didn't include severance deals so they had to be negotiated.
Their lawyer says under Alberta law, the pair are entitled to a reasonable settlement because the contracts were terminated without cause. He also feels both sides worked together to avoid higher costs.