Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

City Commission quietly enters post-Wildgen era

March 15, 2006

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For the first time in 16 years, Mike Wildgen didn't oversee the Lawrence City Commission's meeting as city manager.

Instead, on Tuesday night the commission approved Wildgen's severance agreement without mention, as part of a larger consent agenda that rarely merits discussion.

The agenda passed on a 5-0 vote, securing Wildgen a 3 percent raise, a consulting job through the summer and extended health insurance for his family.

Assistant City Manager David Corliss is serving as interim city manager, and Tuesday he fielded questions and concerns that since 1990 commissioners had directed at Wildgen.

Wildgen re-signed under pressure last week after commissioners took issue with street and sewer planning problems that arose in the last few years.

Mayor Boog Highberger had said previously that there were few issues with his severance package, and he didn't think people were interested in quibbling over the small details.

Comments

OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years, 4 months ago

Yeah, when I saw all the destruction on Sunday, one of my first thoughts was "I wonder if they're missing Wildgen NOW?" Our biggest disaster since the tornado of '81.

badger 9 years, 4 months ago

"...part of a larger consent agenda that rarely merits discussion."

So, what, it only merits discussion every eighth Tuesday, and then only in months that contain an 'O'?

"Wildgen re-signed under pressure last week..."

As opposed to the first signing, which was pressure-free?

sigh

LJW, I like it best when you make funny mistakes.

Isn't this what copy editors are for?

lunacydetector 9 years, 4 months ago

....i'm sure the city commission is glad they gave mike a "consulting" job up until the next city commission elections. they're smarter than i thunk. :)

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