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McCombs to receive $60,000 in severance agreement

The city of Aubrey will pay Matt McCombs, its city administrator, more than $60,000 as part of a severance agreement.

On May 25, the City Council voted 4-0 to "unilaterally" sever ties with McCombs "in accordance with the contract based on lack of confidence." Jeff Miller, who joined the council in May, abstained.

McCombs left City Hall nearly two weeks ago. According to the severance agreement, McCombs' contract provides for a 30-day notice of termination. Until June 24, McCombs will be on paid leave and "may be called on to perform duties" during the leave period.

McCombs is expected to receive a severance totaling $59,253.33 and $1,375.50 in accrued unused vacation benefits, according to the agreement. City officials have not yet decided if a one-time payment will be made to McCombs or if the severance pay will be made in installments.

It's unknown why McCombs was terminated. Council members and Mayor Janet Meyers have either decided not to respond or decline comment on reasons for the city's lack of confidence in McCombs.

According to McCombs' contract, in the event of a unilateral severance, "the council may end the employment relationship and terminate [the contract] at the pleasure of the council whether with or without good cause upon written notice to the administrator." The contract also states the council and McCombs agree not to make "disparaging comments or statements about each other or their respective agents or representatives" in the event of a unilateral severance.

"We wish Matt success in his future endeavors," Meyers wrote in a recent email to the Denton Record-Chronicle.

For more than two years, McCombs has served as Aubrey's city administrator. He worked nearly four years in Addison serving in several roles, including assistant to the city manager, city secretary, assistant city secretary and management analyst before being hired in Aubrey.

As chief operating officer of Aubrey, McCombs drew an annual salary of $80,000 and a $6,000 vehicle allowance, according to his contract.

McCombs has not responded to messages requesting comment.

Calvin Tillman, a former Aubrey council member who served on the council until earlier this month, said he suspects the city's decision to sever ties with McCombs had to do with performance issues.

"He was not providing leadership to the staff or the community that we were paying him to," Tillman told the Record-Chronicle recently. "He really didn't understand the community he was working in.

"It just wasn't a good fit."

Jeff Perry, the mayor pro tem, said he's not sure when the city will look to replace McCombs.

"For now, we have several people at city hall covering the duties," he wrote in an email.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876.