Hillsborough Commission to discuss Bean demand for more money
Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Al Higginbotham has scheduled a discussion for Wednesday's meeting on former County Administrator Pat Bean's demand for money she says is owed her under her contract.
Commissioners fired Bean last year for a variety of transgressions. Generally the board faulted her for how she dealt with challenges from the faltering economy. But they specifically cited a raise she gave herself and others in 2007, and allegations that she tried to snoop through the email of an auditor who unearthed them, as an excuse to fire her without paying her full severance.
Bean had been eligible for about $455,000 in severance -- a year's pay, plus the value of her benefits and unused sick and vacation time if fired without cause. Instead, commissioners said they had justification to fire her and she got about $190,000 before taxes for her unused sick and vacation pay only.
Now that a law enforcement investigation has concluded it could not prove Bean committed a crime, Bean contends she was fired unjustly. Her attorney has notified a lawyer hired by the county that she wants the rest of what is owed her. The attorney representing the county has told Higginbotham that that could include the cost of attorneys' fees she amassed while the criminal investigation was ongoing.