Former Turlock City Manager Tim Kerr filed a claim against the City of Turlock in the amount of $49,583.78.
Kerr’s April 2, 2009 claim states the City breached his employment agreement, specifically City Attorney Phaedra Norton’s refusal to authorize payment of his retirement contribution at the time his severance was paid.
Kerr’s severance package was worth around $180,000, including nine months’ pay, payout of unused sick leave, vacation, holidays and management leave.
Kerr’s claim states that he received all the benefit payments except his retirement benefit contribution.
“Because the City Attorney required that I accept a lump sum severance payment upon which retirement benefit contributions could not be paid, prior to my termination date of February 13, 2009, I filed an application with PERS to personally contribute the $37,337.19 which the City was contractually obligated to pay. Accordingly, I am now seeking this amount from the City as part of this claim,” states Kerr in his claim.