Outgoing Vancouver Police Chief Cliff Cook to get 106k severance

first_imgOutgoing Vancouver Police Chief Cliff Cook will take the better part of a year’s pay — about $106,000 — with him when he leaves his position Sept. 1.According to Cook’s contract, he gets six months worth of severance pay and benefits after his departure, at a value of about $80,000, City Manager Eric Holmes said Wednesday. Added to that is about $26,000 in unused leave payouts, to which all city employees are entitled when they leave, Holmes said. Cook, 57, earned $138,420 last year.Cook’s resignation was announced July 13 and was described as a “mutual decision” between the city manager and the five-year police chief that the department needed “fresh leadership.”Holmes said that the severance is “consistent with the terms of employment laid out at his original point of hire.” The agreement also releases both Cook and the city from any future claims.Such severance agreements are common among top municipal figures: Former Ridgefield City Manager George Fox got $247,500 in severance when he left the city in July 2006; former Washougal Finance Director Jeffrey Bivens got $45,835 when he was fired in December 2009.last_img

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