Wabasha County's severance policy
Interesting news release from the Wabasha County attorney:
For immediate release
On Jan. 22nd, the Wabasha County Board eliminated the position of County Coordinator. That resolution, in effect, terminated the employment of the existing Coordinator, Bridget Hoffman. Several news media sources have reported that Ms. Hoffman will not receive severance pay.
Wabasha County has a written severance pay policy. It is based upon length of service and accrued sick leave. An employee hired after May 27, 2008, the date the policy was adopted, cannot receive severance upon termination of employment until he or she has worked for the County for three years. Ms. Hoffman does not qualify for any severance based upon county policy because she had not worked for the County for three years prior to her termination. She is qualified to receive pay equivalent to the dollar value of accrued vacation however, and that will be paid in accordance with County policy and State law.
Commissioner Roschen alluded to the fact that Dave Johnson, former County Administrator, had received four months of severance pay when he was terminated from employment. That is correct. However, he had a written employment contract that provided for four months severance upon termination and he had worked for the county for more than four years. Ms. Hoffman worked for the County for five months and did not have an employment contract.
James Nordstrom, Wabasha County Attorney