|By Ryan McCarthy, Florida Keys Keynoter, (Marathon, Fla.)|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Then, later in the day, the commission voted 6-0, with Commissioner
The commission voted -- though some were hesitant -- to pay Vitas roughly
The buyout includes 18 weeks of pay at
"I believe we do have just cause to terminate him. However, having talked to staff, we need to put this sad chapter behind us and move forward. We're cutting our losses and moving forward here," he said.
The just cause to which Yaniz referred was Vitas' decision to offer retiring Assistant Manager
The commission heeded City Attorney
Fernandez drew plenty of criticism himself Monday. Several commissioners praised his 28 years of service to the city while others intimated it would be best if he retires today as planned.
"I have rarely had a staff member give me a positive comment about
At the commission's
Monday's meeting was originally called to hold a vote of confidence or no confidence for Vitas, but seeing the writing on the wall, he signed the separation agreement late last week.
Vitas was hired on
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