On March 23, 2018, Anne Marie Gaura provided her notice that as of March 27, 2018, she will resign her position as as City Manager from the City of DeKalb after more than four years of service to the community. Ms. Gaura has decided to move on and pursue other career opportunities. Anne Marie Gaura has served as City Manager since January 2014.
Mayor Jerry Smith stated, “Anne Marie Gaura served the City of DeKalb as its City Manager for over four years, and dedicated significant time and effort to her duties. Her service is greatly appreciated. The City wishes her success in her future endeavors.”
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It should be noted, that the city manager, placed this item on the agenda as part of the “consent agenda. Absolutely shameful! What this means is, this item will not be brought forth for separate action, unless a brave city Council member requests that the item be discussed. This item needs to be debated, and voted on separately, as a major expenditure is part of this agreement. David Jacobson Mike Verbic Jerry Smith.
The debate may well have taken place in executive session after the Wednesday special meeting adjourned. Any final action from that closed session must be approved in open session (when rules are being followed). Public debate is not required. I suspect a confidentiality agreement limits any such debate, at least as far as the details. That’s my guess.
Mac McIntyre sadly, I’m sure the alderman will take the easy way out. Again, I can’t stress enough, this involves a major public expenditure, and needs to be voted on separately.
Mark Charvat. There is also a 220k “tax payer expenditure” for rock salt on consent agenda… Would you propose we debate that too? ð¤£ðð
David Jacobson yes. I’ve always been an advocate of any spending measure, be voted on separately. Anything that involves taxpayer dollars, needs to be out in the open. I hate seeing any sort of expenditure hidden on the consent agenda. In my opinion, the consent agenda should be only for the approval of items that do not involve money. I’m not saying that a long debate should take place revolving rock salt, but a separate vote..yes.
Its no less “out in the open” on a consent agenda… same back up, same public reading of the item, still subject to a vote… just an omnibus one. Many cities use.consent agendas for.nearly every item on the agenda. Taking a single vote merely speeds up an otherwise long meeting…
I disagree when it comes to spending measures. Housekeeping measures, yes, spending measures, NO.
4 days notice? What happened to two weeks?
How many taxes increases under her leadership? No cuts in budgets. The worst.
I have to say that I’m delighted.
Thereâs a reason we moved to Rochelle 19 years ago? Bullshit like this.
Hoo rah. The reign of ignorance is over. No more cronies or bad decisions made in a he now with no foresight into the future. We need someone who cares about the well being of our town. Good riddance
I’ve been waiting for this! Thought the heat was getting a little hot!
$108,000 parting gift.
I hope that the City Council never ever offers another contract like this one. That’s a lot of tax dollars.
If the city ever wants to even begin to regain control of its spending those contracts must be banned.
I view this as an opportunity for a new beginning for the City Council and the citizens of DeKalb. I welcome a fresh start.
Would ahe have gotten the $108,000.00 if Mayor Smith wouldn’t have cast the vote to extend her contract?
That would mean that the council would have learned from previous mistakes. I’m not going to hold my breath on that one Patti
I think they might on this. I have faith in some of our council members, Ivan. Jerry too.
This is the perfect time for our city council and mayor to step up for the city of DeKalb
Contracts are the key to reducing the cost of government since such an overwhelming share of that expense is personnel. Get control of the contracts at the top and then work down. There are fewer and fewer people able to afford the tax increases required to maintain status quo.
Ivan Krpan, she would have gotten more in Nov… old contract said 9 months…
Repost – Dave, could you show me where her contract called for her to receive 9 months in the event her contract was not renewed at expiration? I read it several times and couldn’t find any such reference. In almost all other conditions the 9 months package was payable.
David Jacobson thank you. It was just an awful contract to begin with.
Happy, happy news for DeKalb
How is $108,000 the payoff amount 6 months)!? That would imply her annual salary would be $216,000.