The $1.15 million separation package for Memorial CEO Larry McEvoy has ignited a political firestorm.
Under the city charter, Mayor Steve Bach doesn’t have much say over Memorial. That’s the City Council’s job.
But Bach isn’t staying on the sidelines.
He sent City Council President Scott Hente the following letter this morning:
This s to respectfully ask that you contact James Moore immediately to request a hold on executing the McEvoy severance agreement. Also, this is to respectfully ask that you hold a special session of City Council early next week to vote on giving the MHS Board current direction on this matter.
The planned 18-months severance for Dr. McEvoy is not consistent with the 6 months specified in his employment agreement nor is it consistent with Council’s longstanding policy limiting severance for senior managers for the general municipal government to not more than 6 months.
In the event the MHS Board does not promptly comply with Council’s directive after your vote, then I respectfully suggest that Council terminate the entire Board, substitute Council as the Board and reduce the severance to no more than 6 months.
It is essential to the success of our City that Council and I do everything possible to rebuild citizens’ trust in our municipal government. Council’s swift, resolute action on this matter is important toward that end. While I understand that MHS reports through it’s Board to Council, not to the Mayor, my thanks to your colleagues and you for considering my counsel.