Posted by Magda
Former finance director David Kennedy got a payout from the city equivalent to two years, five months of his salary. That comes to just over $340,000, less deductions. The agreement stipulates that if Kennedy secures alternate employment, the city will pay a lump sum equal to half of the remaining payments.
Kennedy, you might remember, left the city mysteriously in July 2007. I filed a freedom of information request at the time to find out why he left and how much he got. The city denied the request, so it went to mediation and then adjudication, which resulted in me finally getting the settlement along with a few emails related to his departure.
The documents do little to explain why he left, though there is a letter from Hans Loewig, chief administrative officer, to Kennedy dated July 9, 2007, saying this:
"the City of Guelph has undertaken a review with respect to the operation of the city's finance department. This has resulted in a decision that your employment with the city will no longer be continued after [date blacked out]."
There is a clause in the agreement that specifically states it will not be released through freedom of information request.
"The employee and employer acknowledge and agree that the parties would not enter into this agreement absent such provision," the agreement says.
I talked to Loewig this morning regarding that clause, and he said he considers the information in the agreement to be private, which is why the clause is there. "Personal information is personal information," he said.
Read more about this in the Mercury tomorrow.