But was it actually a 30-day paid notice of termination?
City officials won’t talk specifics, saying it’s a personnel matter.
An open-records request for documents pertaining to Velasquez’s leave didn’t turn up any clues either.
“Regarding your recent CORA request (of July 6, 2011), we reiterate our position this is a personnel matter and will not comment further,” city spokesman John Leavitt said in an email.
“Ms. Velasquez was placed on a 30-day paid administrative leave on July 25, 2011. There are no other public records at this time.”
But in a telephone message last week, Ann Crossey, the city’s human resources director, said she couldn’t talk about Velasquez.
But she referred a reporter to page 169 in the Civilian Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual.
That page deals with, among other things, severance pay.
“A paid 30-day notice of termination and the possibility of severance pay and/or benefits up to six months, for an eligible manager terminated without cause is authorized at the Mayor or Appointee’s discretion,” the manual states. “Any action taken under this program will be reported quarterly to City Council.”