Bothell City Manager Jennifer Phillips during a State of the City address in 2018. (Kailan Manandic / Bothell-Kenmore Reporter, file)

Bothell City Manager Jennifer Phillips during a State of the City address in 2018. (Kailan Manandic / Bothell-Kenmore Reporter, file)

Bothell Council OKs $130K severance deal with city manager

Jennifer Phillips will get six months of pay and a year of health benefits under the agreement.

BOTHELL — City Manager Jennifer Phillips will receive a $130,000 severance package under a separation agreement approved Tuesday by the City Council.

Phillips, hired in November 2016, will receive six months of pay and deferred compensation, plus a year of health benefits, under the agreement. The deal calls for the city to pay her $104,128.60 in salary and deposit $6,000 in her deferred compensation account. The remainder goes toward 12 months of health benefits.

Her last working day is Friday. However, her official final day with the city will be April 1 as she uses accrued paid leave.

The city announced the deal in a Feb. 5 news release, describing the exit as a retirement.

The council approved the severance agreement without discussion.

Also Tuesday, the City Council appointed Public Works Director Erin Leonhart as acting city manager effective Saturday. The council is expected to name an interim city manager in the near future before launching a search to find a successor to Phillips.

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