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Christy Todd resigns as Black Diamond City Administrator
The tumultuous relationship between the city of Black Diamond and City Administrator Christie Todd has ended, as Todd resigned after a little more than four months on the job.
Todd and the city agreed on a severance package May 15th that keeps Todd under contract, with full benefits, until July 31 and pays $30,000 in attorneys fees. She will receive all accumulated vacation sick leave and other pay according to city policy. The total package will cost the city approximately $60,125, according to Finance Director May Miller.
The deal stipulated that Todd will perform no services from the time of the contract through July 31, other than for telephone or email responses to "inquiries relating to ongoing matters." The city also agreed not to oppose any claim of unemployment benefits, "so long as the factual grounds stated are accurate and include a statement that the employee voluntarily resigned from her employment."In return, Todd agreed to immediately terminate the ongoing investigation into her sexual harassment complaint against Black Diamond Mayor Dave Gordon.
The severance agreement includes a gag order, where elected officials and authorized speaking agents agreed not to disparage each other.
Todd's attorney, Lee Smart, will be paid "normal and reasonable costs and legal fees" associated with advice and representation during the sexual harassment claim, filed Feb. 23, and subsequent retaliation claims against the city, filed March 24, April 23 and May 1. Though the original asking was for $32,500, the parties agreed to compromise at $30,000, according to the document.