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.

  • Mrs Okeefe

    this is why I don’t live in a hillbilly town… Why not fire him and prosecute him??

  • Tod Lorusso

    The median income for a household in the town was $66,326, and the median income for a family was $74,409. Males had a median income of $50,157 versus $35,867 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,769. About 2.2% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over. —This does not sound like a “hick town” does it? It sounds more upper class. 65,000 is a pretty darn high median income!!! But I do agree that this man should be prosecuted.

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