Williams was there as the current board chairman of the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments regional planning agency.
During a break, Williams, an employment attorney by profession, weighed in on the “constructive termination” claim by former City Manager Penelope Culbreth-Graft, who contends she was fired — and owed $105,000 in severance pay — because Mayor Lionel Rivera swore in her replacement three days before her resignation took effect.
“As a general rule, if you give notice that you’re leaving, the mere fact that your employer starts making plans for what happens after you leave does not provide a basis for an assertion of constructive discharge, so I don’t think there’s a basis in the claim,” Williams said.
Williams said he had mixed reactions to Culbreth-Graft’s claim.
As an attorney, he said, he felt her claim didn’t have merit.
As an elected official, he said, he felt disappointed.
“I think it left her portrayed as an outsider, someone who is not that concerned about the overall good of the community,” Williams said.