From Racine County Eye:
By Denise Lockwood in Elections, Letter to the editor · March 2, 2016 · No comments
"On April 13, 2015 in his last meeting as Mount Pleasant Village
President, Mark Gleason put forward a measure on the agenda to guarantee
a six month severance package for all village department heads fired
for any reason other than 'just cause.'
"This 'golden parachute' deal for department heads was a complete
surprise it had never been discussed or recommended by any committee
prior to that day. Gleason’s timing and motivation were and remain
"The Village of Mount Pleasant employs nine department heads which
includes Village Administrator, Kurt Wahlen who 'coincidentally' was
also Mark Gleason’s police partner years prior.
"Mark Gleason hired his former partner as Village Administrator under
circumstances which scandalized trustees not two years before. The
novice Village Administrator received an $80,000 per year salary (which
was increased 31% to $105,000 sixteen months later), four weeks
vacation and a whopping 24 sick days per year.
"Should the Village Board of Trustees decide to cast off Wahlen, his
severance package would be $52,500 plus benefits paid for by the people
of Mount Pleasant. A sweet parting gift from his old partner on his last
day as Village President.
"Although the Fire and Police Chief were exempted from the deal, six
other existing department heads at Village Hall would also qualify for
the payout representing some significant and unprecedented cash.
"In fact, no other municipality I could find anywhere offers a
severance package like this to their department heads. It is unheard of.
More than a few city and village representatives I spoke with laughed
hard when I explained the deal to them."
Read more: http://racinecountyeye.com/opinion-golden-parachutes-lay-a-goose-egg-in-mount-pleasant/