East Hampton Offers $170,000 Severance to Manager

East Hampton Town Manager Jeffrey O’Keefe has resigned, amid a controversy over his effort to eliminate the police chief’s job.  Residents who had screamed at O’Keefe in recent town meetings complained again, when they learned the town manager is getting a $170,000 severance package.

Town Council Chair Melissa Engel says the manager’s contract requires he be paid, under these circumstances.

The police chief’s lawyer says the effort to eliminate the chief’s job was retribution for the chief’s decision to forward sexual harassment complaints that had been made against the  manager.

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