ZEPHYRHILLS — City Manager Jim Drumm accepted a $54,000 severance offer Friday, ending his three-year tenure with the city.
During a meeting Wednesday night, the council voted 4-1 for a separation agreement with Drumm and gave him until today to sign it. He was also required to sign a release that he will not sue the city.
The amount the city agreed to pay is far lower than the $89,000 Drumm said he was owed. City Attorney Joseph Poblick told the council the city was obligated by contract to pay around $4,700 in salary, $17,000 in unused vacation and sick time and 13 weeks' severance of $26,000. But a debate ensued about whether to pay health insurance and comp time Drumm also requested. Council members agreed to pay Drumm around $4,100 for three months of insurance, but balked at paying him 368 hours in comp time.
His departure came about in a matter weeks. While Drumm, 51, expected to be starting talks about a contract extension, council members Lance Smith and Ken Burgess indicated they were not in favor of extending him because of job performance issues, specifically his poor communication skills.
Drumm was earning $97,400 a year.