Politics & Government

Macon council committee explores increasing city worker severance pay

Dismayed by the recent city layoffs, the City Council’s Employee Development and Compensation Committee wants to extend the amount of severance a laid-off city worker receives.

During the layoffs in January, several on the council were disheartened that all laid-off city workers — regardless of their length of service with the city — only received one week of severance pay.

At Wednesday’s meeting, Human Resources Director Ben Hubbard presented information from other cities that are similar to Macon. He said neither Bibb County nor Warner Robins have any severance policy, while the city of Savannah offers a sliding scale of one week per year of service up to 26 weeks. The committee requested a draft of a resolution, by the next meeting, to create a sliding scale similar to the one in Savannah.