It isn’t clear what prompted Elk Grove City Council members to ask for top administrator Laura S. Gill’s resignation. What is clear is that the request was accepted -- and it paid handsomely.
Gill is no longer employed as the city’s top executive, a position she had held since 2008. She walked away last week with a one-time severance of nearly $300,000.
Mayor Steve Ly was the only member of the council who voted not to accept Gill’s resignation.
"There is no need to waste the public's money unnecessarily and unwisely, especially when our city is on the right path to providing for our residents," he told the Elk Grove Citizen.
The severance agreement states that a majority of the council asked for Gill’s resignation on April 11, following a closed performance evaluation. Gill announced her resignation on May 9, effective May 11. Assistant City Manager Jason Behrmann is now serving as interim city manager.
Elk Grove is one of several larger cities in the Sacramento region to have parted ways with its city manager in recent months. Folsom’s Evert Palmer, Roseville’s Rob Jensen, and West Sacramento’s Martin Tuttle are all stepping down this summer. Last week, Rocklin approved a five-year employment contract with Steven Rudolph to replace former city manager Rick Horst.