Voluntary Separation

The agenda packet for Monday’s special City Council meeting to discuss the Voluntary Separation Program (VSP) is missing a few things:

1) An analysis of how much this program could cost us. Surely the city must know how many of its employees are eligible, since only those with 20 or more full years of continuous service qualify. There must be a memo or some other backup material to show why this is such a good plan. To withhold it is either careless or naughty.

2) Some mention of where the money for the VSP would come from.

3) A provision for how long a separated employee must remain separated from the city. Otherwise, we could end up with some pretty interesting scenarios, and I mean “interesting” in the sense that we wouldn’t care for them.