Sue Skiffington-Blumberg, who was asked to resign Tuesday as manager of public communications, will receive four months of severance pay valued at about $38,800, acting City Manager Steve Cox said today.
“I think 10 years of service warrants that kind of loyalty from the employer,” Cox said.
Under city policy, Cox could have given Skiffington-Blumberg up to six months of severance pay, he said.
Skiffington-Blumberg was paid $116,359 a year.
Cox said he made the decision to ask Skiffington-Blumberg to resign, but he declined to go into specifics.
“In this situation, we just needed to make a change, and the timing of it was such that it just happened to be a week before the mayor (Steve Bach) took over, but I wouldn’t read a lot into it,” he said. “It’s just the normal course of business.”
Cox called Skiffington-Blumberg a “professional” who brought a lot of experience to the job.
“She’s a good person,” he said. “At the end of the day, it won’t matter to any of us what we did for a living. People remember us whether we’re good people or not. She’s a good person.”