By Anthony Scott
Killeen Daily Herald
The Killeen City Council will take final action regarding negotiations for a buyout of City Manager Connie Green at a special meeting today.
The special meeting is open to the public and starts at 5 p.m. at City Hall at 101 N. College St.
The meeting will include an executive session to discuss the negotiations for what Mayor Tim Hancock labels Green's "exit strategy."
The council will then take formal action.
Green told the Herald Friday that if no deal was reached during today's meeting, he assumed he'd be back to work Wednesday. Until then, he is technically on leave.
An offer to buy out Green's contract was made Friday afternoon. While no number has been confirmed, multiple sources familiar with the agreement have said the buyout is significantly higher than the previously reported figure of $400,000.
The city manager's contract stipulates Green will receive at least two years of compensation and benefits in severance pay. His annual salary is about $190,000.
Before the buyout was on the table, Green called a meeting with the council to discuss what was listed as the city manager's duties and evaluation at a March 15 executive session.
Green later said he called the first meeting to discuss the Open Meetings Act and personnel matters.
Following the executive session, Hancock called a second meeting to continue the discussion on March 22. Both were behind closed doors.
In response to phone calls Monday, neither Hancock nor Councilmen Larry Cole and Kenny Wells would confirm whether the offer made to Green was the same that the council reportedly consented to in an executive session.
Mayor Pro Tem Scott Cosper and council members Billy Workman, JoAnn Purser, Juan Rivera and Ernest Wilkerson did not return messages Monday.
Cole said he couldn't say either way because of legal obligations to not disclose the contents of the meeting.
"I don't know all the ins and outs and I don't know if any council member does," he said. "We'll decide that tomorrow night."
Cole said the current situation could affect how the council approaches future contracts with potential city managers.
Councilman Kenny Wells said while he didn't have anything to do with the current city manager's contract, should the city choose to hire another one, he would be cautious.
"I will be very cautious when I sign off on a contract," he said. "It has nothing to do with Mr. Green. You learn as you go along in life. It'll be my first one and I'll do my very best to draft a contract that is equitable for all parties - if it in fact happens. Currently, Mr. Green is our city manager."
The council will likely retreat into executive session for discussion during the first part of the meeting.
Until a decision is made, Assistant City Manager Glenn Morrison is acting city manager.
Green, 49, was named city manager in 2005, making about $135,000. He was previously named the city finance director in 1990. He was promoted to assistant city manager in 2000.
Green assumed his current position after former City Manager David Blackburn accepted the same position with Temple.
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