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.