The Sammamish City Council approved a $300,000 payment to
former city manager Lyman Howard, to separate from the city, according to a Separation and Release Agreement obtained through a public records request.
Howard’s employment with the city terminated as of August 1, 2018.
The payment includes:
- Cash payment of about $180,000.
- $37,000 contribution to to Howard’s 457 plan.
- 25% of unused sick leave.
- 380 hours of accrued vacation.
- 6.2%, 7.2% deductions to retirement accounts.
- 6.2% deduction representing a 401a matching contribution.
The agreement requires that one member of City Council shall write a “mutually acceptable” letter of commendation describing Howard’s service and activity for the city.
The city and Howard released each other from legal claims.
According to his 2016 Contract for Employment, Howard would have been entitled to a maximum severance equals to six months worth of salary and benefits (estimated at no more than $150,000), if the city terminated the agreement without cause. Had the city found cause, there would have been no severance due.
Council members Tom Hornish and Ramiro Valderrama voted against the agreement on grounds of fiscal concerns. Hornish said publicly he thought the agreement was “too rich.”