Update: DRO city manager resigns, may have violated contract
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Laura Dadiw's abrupt resignation as Del Rey Oaks' interim city manager last night appears to violate her employment agreement, and her statement to the Weekly that her contract was up is at odds with the agreement.
In an email to Vice Mayor Jerry Edelen, Dadiw tendered her resignation effective midnight Aug. 4 without any explanation. "It was an absolute surprise," Edelen says.
Her employment agreement says her term was indefinite and "subject to termination by either party upon ten days' prior written notice." But Dadiw didn't give 10 days notice.
This afternoon she said that her contract expired and she didn't leave on bad terms. Dadiw could not be immediately reached after the Weekly obtained her employment agreement.
Her resignation comes as the City Council is about to hire a new, full-time city manager. The City Council was scheduled to swear in Daniel Dawson as its new city manager last week but his hiring was delayed after some due diligence issues came up an hour before the meeting, Edelen says. The council will swear in Dawson at 5pm Thursday.
"Unless he drives off a cliff or unless City Hall burns down," Edelen jokes, "five o'clock tomorrow we will have a city manager on board."