(Caption: DeKalb Finance Director Molly Talkington (left) looks toward City Manager Anne Marie Gaura as she speaks regarding the city's budget during a Joint City Council and Finance Advisory Committee meeting to discuss the 2018 proposed annual budget on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at the DeKalb Municipal Building in DeKalb.)
DeKalb resident Mark Charvat reiterated rhetoric Smith used in the past that it was “a new day in DeKalb,” and said that the council should at the very least remove the indefinite term from Gaura’s contract. The contract will only be terminated if either Gaura or the mayor and council decide to end it.
Former Mayor Bessie Chronopoulos said the city has been sorely mismanaged for years, and the time for a change is now.
Gaura was hired in 2013, and moved to DeKalb within a year of her employment, as required in the contract. Although her starting salary began at $155,000, her base salary for fiscal 2017 is more than $168,000, which will continue to fiscal 2018 year under the new agreement.
As has been the case in the past, Gaura will be eligible for merit-based raises.
One change to the contract is that if Gaura is fired for convenience during her term, she will be entitled to six months of severance instead of nine. Provisions regarding the reimbursement of mileage for trips longer than 50 miles also was removed, although Gaura will receive a $400 vehicle reimbursement.
“The conversion from a fixed term to an indefinite term was accompanied by the change in severance that eliminates the differential between a termination for cause during the term of the agreement and a termination for convenience,” City Attorney Dean Frieders said. “In either circumstance, if the City Council at any point in time chooses to terminate this agreement, the severance is six months. There’s not an enhanced severance for termination during a term.”