According to severance and release agreements signed by the Hillsville Town Council, taxpayers will pay a little over $90,000 to former town manager Larry South and former police chief Steve Williams, who resigned their positions as of June 29.
Following an executive session of the town council during a June 11 meeting, Mayor Bill Tate announced that South and Williams had resigned. The council then unanimously approved their resignations along with a severance package.
Both men will receive eight months’ salary and have their health insurance premium paid for six months. In South’s case, that amounts to $45,454.96 in salary and $2,526 in insurance for a total of $47,980.96. Williams will receive $40,088.56 in salary and $2,526 in insurance for a total of $42,614.56.
South will also receive $9,793.03 for 298.75 hours of accrued, but unused, vacation time, while Williams will receive $6,656.53 for 230.25 hours of accrued, but unusued vacation time. It should be noted, however, that any person leaving the employment of the town is paid for unused vacation time, according to interim town manager Judy Bolt.
Efforts to reach former Mayor Bill Tate and present Mayor Greg Crowder for comment were unsuccessful.