The unified government of Kansas City, Kansas and Wyandotte County will pay more than $ 813,000 to its outgoing administrator, who stepped down three weeks after new mayor Tyrone Garner was sworn in.
The Unified Government announced that Douglas Bach would retire at the end of December, but according to a separation agreement obtained by KCUR, he indicated his intention to retire on December 15, two days after Garner was sworn in on December 13.
Bach has been an administrator of the Unified Government since 2014 and has spent his entire professional career as mayor. As an administrator, Bach is the most senior responsible for the operations of the unified government. He reports to the mayor and is responsible for implementing policies approved by the Unified Government Commission.
The unified government declined to comment on the separation agreement or Bach’s departure. Bach did not return a request for comment.
When the unified government announced Bach’s departure, it did not appoint an interim administrator. The UG Commission then approved Cheryl Harrison-Lee as the first acting county administrator on January 6. She will serve until April 1, 2023 and is the first black woman and person to hold the position. Harrison-Lee is the CEO of HLDC, a management consulting firm. She also sits on the Kansas Board of Regents and previously worked for Kansas City, Missouri, as the chief technical advisor on central sales tax.
During the pandemic, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly selected her as executive director of the Office of Recovery, where she helped the state allocate the use of $ 1.034 billion in federal CARES funding.
In the separation agreement, the Unified Government agreed to pay Bach $ 336,445, which is equivalent to his salary until March 2024. Bach will also receive severance pay of $ 50,000 and $ 427,364 in payment of his accumulated leave, as well as his family’s health, eye and dental insurance. will be covered by the unified government for an additional year.
The unified government will also include the accumulated $ 427,364 of paid vacation time in Bach’s pension benefit calculations.
The deal also detailed the statement the unified government would issue to the media, the internal email Bach would send to staff, as well as an agreement that the two sides would not offer additional comments or interviews to the media. .
“Bach and the United Government agree that, except as required by the Kansas Open Records Act, KSA 45-201 et seq., no statement will be given to any member of the media by the Unified Government regarding Bach’s resignation and retirement or this agreement without mutual agreement of the parties on the wording of such a statement, âthe agreement reads.
Questions about Bach’s future with the unified government have swirled since Garner’s first public meeting as mayor. David Alvey, Garner’s predecessor as mayor, largely supported Bach. But Garner was more circumspect about his views on Bach. Garner typically campaigned as a mayor who would seek to change the status quo of the unified government.
Garner narrowly beat Alvey, a single-term mayor, in the November election.