CLAYTON – For the second time in less than a year, an outgoing Clayton town manager has received a large severance package. JD Solomon became the interim town manager in August 2020 following the resignation of Adam Lindsay. Between August 2020 and January 31, 2021, Mr. Solomon was paid $24,000 per month as interim.
Solomon became the full-time permanent manager on February 1, 2021 at an annual salary of $196,000. Following a May 3, 2021 closed session, Mr. Solomon submitted his resignation. Even though he had only been the full-time manager for 92 days, he was given a one-time severance of $158,307.73, minus normal withholdings. That is equal to his remaining salary had he worked a full year. The payment will be paid on the next regular payroll date.
Under the separation agreement, the Town agreed to allow Mr. Solomon to voluntarily resign from employment. In exchange for the financial payment, Solomon released the Town of Clayton and members of the council from any liability or civil action and agreed not to institute any lawsuits.
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The agreement also includes a confidentiality clause where details of the settlement were not to be disclosed unless a public records request was made for the document or the information was needed by an accountant. Both parties also agreed to work in good faith towards a mutually agreed upon press release, which was completed and released May 4th.
We reached out to the Town of Clayton on Monday for a comment but so far have not received a response.
When Adam Lindsay resigned as Clayton town manager last August, he received a one-time severance of $173,386, equal to 12 months of his salary. He had been Clayton’s manager since September 2016. Prior to Mr. Lindsay, Clayton had only two managers in the previous 23 years.
Rich Cappola is currently serving as the interim town manager. He has been with the Town of Clayton the past four years and has 10 total years of municipal experience.