Thursday, March 6, 2003

Krings' proposed contract changes little

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Hamilton County Administrator David Krings' attorney has suggested a new contract that adds up to pretty much the same dollars as a controversial contract that commissioners approved for Krings in December.

The proposed changes, which Grant Cowan gave the prosecutor's office Tuesday, include a clause that Krings could not collect his severance package if he were fired for criminal wrongdoing or gross negligence in office. Also, it would no longer allow Krings to collect severance if one commissioner suggested he resign - a provision the prosecutor's office said was unenforceable.

However, the severance package itself - worth $511,519, according to Krings - would remain essentially unchanged.

Commissioners Phil Heimlich and Todd Portune said Wednesday that they cannot support the proposal.

The commissioners also voted 2-1 to rescind a vote last year requiring prosecutors' opinions to be kept confidential unless a majority of the board agreed to release them. John Dowlin opposed Wednesday's decision.

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