BLOOMINGTON — The city and its top attorney are negotiating a severance agreement the City Council could vote on next week.
City Attorney Todd Greenburg has been on paid administrative leave since Oct. 16. Correspondence obtained by The Pantagraph through a Freedom of Information Act request explained that putting Greenburg on paid leave was not a disciplinary action but was a response to the “tone” of a letter Greenburg sent Hales on Oct. 13.
The agenda for Tuesday’s council meeting, a day later than usual due to Veterans Day, lists as a voting item a severance agreement for Greenburg “in recognition of his extended service.”
No details of any agreement are provided in the council’s meeting packet, which states Greenburg “has decided to retire from his position,” but Mayor Tari Renner said he expects the council to vote on whether to provide Greenburg with three months of severance pay.
“My main concern was just making sure something equitable happened and we didn’t just continue to delay,” Renner said. “Moving with dispatch was I think important for everybody, both the city and Mr. Greenburg.”
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Reached Friday, Greenburg declined comment and would not confirm whether or not he had decided to retire.
City Manager David Hales said, “The agreement is still a draft, still in the process of negotiation.”
He said part of a closed-session meeting Tuesday will include negotiations related to Greenburg’s employment status. Citing outside legal advice, Hales declined to provide any details and said he was not sure when the severance agreement would be made public.
“The agreement has not been signed by either party right now and it may still be some time after Tuesday” before any agreement is reached, he said, adding, “The recommendation is for the council to vote on a severance agreement and so we will still be asking them to act in that manner.”
Greenburg, who earns an annual salary of about $117,000, has worked for the city since 1990.
The memo regarding the severance agreement details his contributions to the city, including drafting ordinances that provided “innovative approaches to regulation of chronic nuisance properties which harm neighborhood property values, an ordinance regulating parolee group homes which was the first of its kind, and an ordinance prohibiting loitering under circumstances giving rise to a suspicion of selling illegal drugs.”
Asked what led to Greenburg’s paid administrative leave and the severance negotiations, Renner declined comment. In the past, the mayor, elected earlier this year, has criticized Greenburg, including his handling of public records cases.