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DeKalb council to vote on severance with Molly Talkington

January 10, 2019

DeKALB – City Council will address a severance agreement Monday with its former interim City Manger and Finance Director Molly Talkington.

The agenda for the council meeting includes a resolution to authorize a settlement, the details of which have not been released.

“At this time, the city, Ms. Talkington, and their respective counsels are engaged in negotiation regarding a separation agreement,” according to the agenda.

“The city has reviewed the potential litigation expense associated with defending the claims brought by Ms. Talkington and has determined that it would be less costly to enter into a separation agreement providing or the payment of a stipulated severance in lieu of undertaking that defense,” according to the agenda.

City officials have not provided any additional details on the settlement terms, but the agenda states council and the public will learn more Monday.

Talkington still holds her role as finance director but was placed on administrative leave Nov. 9 after city officials discovered an unauthorized $250,000 had been removed from the city’s insurance funds to use for budget balancing measures. Talkington later filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging discrimination and retaliation against Mayor Jerry Smith and City Attorney Dean Frieders, both of whom denied her claims.

Bill Nicklas was named city manager in December, and began his new role Jan. 2.

City officials did not immediately respond to requests for additional comment regarding the settlement.

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