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CVRD agrees to $335,000 severance package for former CAO

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A $335,000 severance package has been paid to Warren Jones, Cowichan region's former chief administrative officer, the News Leader Pictorial has learned.

Jones' $335,000 severance package represents payment for 18 months' salary and benefits, in accordance with terms of his employment contract written some seven years ago, Cowican Valley Regional District chairman Rob Hutchins notes. Jones made about $200,000 a year.

Those terms "were intended to replicate what someone in his position would earn at common law in the event of a termination without notice."

This is often done, he explains, for senior-level positions so both parties can avoid litigation costs to reach terms.

While  Hutchins revealed Jones' severance amount, he maintained reasons for Jones' sudden departure Feb. 13 are private.

So are totals of any publicly paid legals bills regarding Jones terms of leaving reached between CVRD brass and its ex-CAO, Hutchins says in Monday's email to the Leader.

"Employment matters between the CVRD and its employees are treated as confidential personnel matters," Hutchins writes in an email to the NLP. "Other than information that must be disclosed to government authorities or our unions, we do not generally disclose employment information of current or former employees unless required by legislation.

"With respect to your request for the legal bills, I am unable to provide any information ... on the basis that our invoices are protected by solicitor-client privilege."

 

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