LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County Commissioner Frank Mann says County Manager Karen Hawes is completing a separation agreement that will be presented tomorrow. Hawes has been sharply criticized for the Medstar grounding and other problems.
Mann met with Hawes for about 30 minutes on Monday.
"She is trying to work with us on the least painful transition. She sees the hand-writing here," says Mann.
"She is working on an agreement that would essentially be a one-year benefits package. It is like the language she has in her contract," he adds.
That language says Hawes would get a severance of one year's pay, which is $170,000, if she is forced to resign. She also gets cash for un-used vacation, sick days and holidays. And she gets one year of health benefits.
Some taxpayers are not pleased.
"It does make you angry, but there are many things that make you angry threse days, and there is not a hell of a lot you can do about them," said Mel Brenner of Lee County.
It's not known how long Hawes would remain during a transition. Some have suggested, it might be two weeks, or possibly a month or more.