FAIRFIELD — City Manager Sean Quinn won’t be given severance pay should the council ever fire him from the position.
Judging by the comments Tuesday from the Fairfield City Council, getting rid of Quinn won’t happen any time soon. The council voted 4-0 to extend Quinn’s contract, which includes the removal of a severance package at his request.
Councilwoman Catherine Moy did not attend the meeting.
“This guy is really out there to work. I’m stunned at how good of a city manager we have,” Councilman John Mraz said. “I have no complaints.”
Mraz later said his formal evaluation could be summed up with two words. “Great job,” he told Quinn.
Quinn’s five-year deal expired at the end of the year and the council Tuesday extended that for one year. Along with giving up a cost of living adjustment and a raise, Quinn asked for his severance package to be removed.
That provision would have granted him one year’s salary, $200,000, if the council were to vote him out. In the new deal, Quinn said the council would give him a 90-day notice and he would then retire.
Quinn’s contract will automatically extend in December unless the council votes to remove him.
Councilman Rick Vaccaro said that in an era where CEOs and city leaders are looking to add perks to contracts, it says a lot for Quinn to ask for less.
“To do this, shows who you are as a person,” Vaccaro said.
“You’re asking us to take benefits away,” Councilwoman Pam Bertani said. “You don’t just talk, you lead by way of example.”
Mayor Harry Price said Quinn follows the highest moral and ethical code, setting a tone for the city.
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