2/16/2016 – 9:53 pm
The Findlay City Council heard a third reading on an ordinance which paid out severance to former Findlay Fire Chief Tom Lonyo. The severance payment has been a point of contention in the City of Findlay for some time. The payment was originally approved in 2015, however, it was reported that Lonyo wished the payment to be delayed until 2016, so a new ordinance was needed.
The payment was for half of what Lonyo felt he was owed, which according to Councilwoman Holly Frische was $65,000. She said that the payment for half of the funds was negotiated by the council.
Audio: Holly Frische
Councilman Ron Monday said that he was the one who went to Lonyo on behalf of the council to talk about the payout, which he denied was a negotiation.
Audio: Ron Monday
Monday said that City Auditor Jim Staschiak sent a request to the State Auditors Office asking if by making the payment, the state auditors would hold the city liable. Given that the city had an opinion from the city law director which stated that the payment was legal, state auditors would not question it.
The language in the ordinance contained emergency language which required a two-thirds vote to go into effect right away. Some of the new members of the council, including Jeff Wobser, abstained from voting as they were not on council when the original discussions were held.
Audio: Jeff Wobser
When the vote was called, six council members voted for the ordinance, two voted against it, and two abstained from voting. Law Director Don Rasmussen said that means that the ordinance passed as the majority voted for it, however, it will not go into effect for 30 days according to the law.Read More →