The Burbank City Council has approved a new contract for City Manager Robert (Bud) Ovrom that guarantees him six months of severance pay if he is fired for any reason other than a criminal conviction.
If convicted of a crime involving moral improprieties or personal gain, Ovrom cannot receive any severance money after being terminated. His previous contract allowed him to accept only four months of his $129,193 annual base salary if fired for other reasons.
"His contract called for four months, but in the history of the city, department heads have always received a six-month severance package," Councilman Bob Kramer said. "The council was just formalizing what was a standard practice within the city."
The council's 4-1 vote Tuesday--with Councilman Ted McConkey dissenting--caps a dramatic turn of events over Ovrom's fate that began earlier this month.