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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 18, 2014

Agreement includes Arbuckle’s resignation

By David Hotle | Oct 17, 2013
Mayor Sandra Johnson and city attorney Craig Arbuckle attended Wednesday’s city council meeting. A resignation from Arbuckle was approved as part of the city attorney transition agreement.

The Washington City Council approved an agreement between the city and city attorney Craig Arbuckle, in which Arbuckle tendered his resignation effective Dec. 31.
The agreement also stated Arbuckle will be available for consulting throughout 2014, if the city requests it.
“I see that you have signed this,” council member Bob Shellmyer said to Arbuckle. “I’m very disappointed that you did, but you’re OK with it?”
“You have a new city attorney coming in Jan. 1,” Arbuckle said. “That is why I signed it.”
Last month, the city council approved an agreement with Coralville-based attorney Kevin Olson to perform the duties of Washington City Attorney. During the selection process, Shellmyer had demanded the city make meetings of the selection task force and interviews with the candidates open meetings.
Shellmyer was the only council member present to vote against accepting the agreement. Council member Russ Zieglowsky was absent from the meeting.  
City administrator Brent Hinson said that the agreement would treat Arbuckle like an employee for six months, during which time he would get paid and insurance. Beyond that, no severance is being offered.
The agreement also terminated Arbuckle’s city health coverage. During discussion, council member Fred Stark questioned Arbuckle about his health insurance. He asked if Arbuckle was fully invested in IPERS
“What difference does that make?” Arbuckle said.

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