Tuesday September 25, 2001

By Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Tuesday September 25, 2001

Blind Hamilton Council

The forced resignation of City Manager Doug Lychak is going to cost taxpayers about $80,000 more than previously believed.

Mayor Bob Wade confirmed yesterday that Lychak, who was coerced into quitting by a backroom coup earlier this month, is getting a severance package totalling $359,000.

Until now, it was expected that the payout would be, in Wade’s earlier words, “right in the ballpark” of $280,000.

Wade attributes the harder hit to benefit provisions and other considerations in Lychak’s contract.
But frankly there’s considerable confusion about who knew what the final price tag was going to be and when.

Wade said yesterday that he suspected for some time that the total payout was going to be around $350,000.

But he acknowledges that he didn’t pass that on to council. That’s important because the $359,000 package — which amounts to a two-year salary for Lychak — has clearly come out of left field for at least some, if not all, council members.

Tom Jackson was caught completely flat-footed when told by The Hamilton Spectator what the real bottom line is. “My understanding is that it was going to be $280,000,” he said. Larry Di Ianni believed the same thing.

The forced resignation of City Manager Doug Lychak is going to cost taxpayers about $80,000 more than previously believed.

Mayor Bob Wade confirmed yesterday that Lychak, who was coerced into quitting by a backroom coup earlier this month, is getting a severance package totalling $359,000.

Until now, it was expected that the payout would be, in Wade’s earlier words, “right in the ballpark” of $280,000.

Wade attributes the harder hit to benefit provisions and other considerations in Lychak’s contract.
But frankly there’s considerable confusion about who knew what the final price tag was going to be and when.

Wade said yesterday that he suspected for some time that the total payout was going to be around $350,000.

But he acknowledges that he didn’t pass that on to council. That’s important because the $359,000 package — which amounts to a two-year salary for Lychak — has clearly come out of left field for at least some, if not all, council members.

Tom Jackson was caught completely flat-footed when told by The Hamilton Spectator what the real bottom line is. “My understanding is that it was going to be $280,000,” he said. Larry Di Ianni believed the same thing. (Source: Hamilton Spectator)