New Arnold Administrator

29 Jul

Update: I have acquired a copy of his contract, and it contains a provision for 6 months of severance pay upon termination, with no exceptions. I guess it’s better than 2 years of severance pay.

Arnold has at last hired a city administrator to replace Matt Unrein, who resigned over a year ago. The new administrator, Matthew Bryan Richison, will take over for interim administrator (and current police chief) Bob Shockey on September 1.

Richison comes from Lawson, Missouri, near Kansas City, where he has been city admin for three years. Lawson has only 2,500 residents, so it is quite a step up for him to a city of 20,000. I checked around the internet to see if there was any dirt on Richison that you need to know about, but I found nothing (for example, no sexual discrimination lawsuits).

It will be interesting to find out if the city, in writing up a contract for Richison, learned anything from Unrein’s departure. Unrein was awarded a $69,000 severance package. His contract stated that, if he were to be fired, he would get $200,000. Now how asinine is that to give someone a huge payout (over twice his salary) if he gets fired? Someone gets fired when their performance is unsatisfactory or unacceptable, but the contract Arnold gave its city attorney would have rewarded him for that? It’s not like such a provision is needed to attract candidates for the job. It pays (in Richison’s case) $90,000, which is enough to attract plenty of applications. Forty-five people applied for the Arnold job. Hopefully, we will soon learn whether Richison received a reward-for-getting-fired clause in his contract. Hopefully, the answer will be no. I am not optimistic.


3 Responses to “New Arnold Administrator”

  1. Bob Hohmeier July 30, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    Seems he did get that “reward for getting fired” clause in his contract. 6 months salary plus benefits like health insurance that covers his entire family, including dental and eye insurance, as well as free membership to the golf course and rec center. You’d think our officials were paying with our money! Oh wait, they are. That explains it. Seems to be quite an incentive package to do a poor job. Other cities have attorneys smart enough to add a “for cause exception” to these type of contracts. But that seem to be asking too much from the Arnold administration. You would think that after the Unrein fiasco changes would be made. Maybe this was entirely intentional as this way they can “pay him off to keep his mouth shut about certain things” like they did with the previous administrator.


    • JC Penknife July 31, 2013 at 8:09 am #

      But they did make changes – only 6 months worth of no-strings severance instead of two years. Progress!


      • Doris Borgelt July 31, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

        If the contract is not renewed on it’s annual renewal date, there should be no penalty. It is a year to year contract. Why a should a severance be paid in that situation?


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