Former Rolling Meadows finance chief will get $10,000 in additional pay, largely for added supervisor duties

Former longtime Rolling Meadows Finance Director Melissa Gallagher will obtain practically $10,000 in severance and retroactive pay for serving as momentary metropolis supervisor in her previous couple of months earlier than she left for a brand new job in Lake County.

Town council Tuesday evening authorized funds of $3,166.78 in severance and $6,833.22 in retroactive pay for Gallagher’s added administration obligations, between Metropolis Supervisor Barry Krumstok’s firing July 13 and Gallagher’s resignation Oct. 22.

Aldermen authorized the extra compensation unanimously and with out dialogue as a part of an employment separation and launch settlement on the consent agenda.

Although the four-page doc features a prolonged common launch assertion — whereby Gallagher agrees to not deliver any “claims, actions, causes of motion, calls for and liabilities” towards the town — Rolling Meadows metropolis corridor sources mentioned the contract language is boilerplate, and Gallagher doesn’t have any claims or pending litigation towards the town.

A search of federal court docket data additionally didn’t flip up any litigation involving Gallagher and the town.

Gallagher, now the deputy finance director for Lake County authorities, did not reply to a request for remark.

When Gallagher introduced her resignation in a information launch Sept. 29, she mentioned she seemed ahead to the subsequent chapter in her profession after 15 years in Rolling Meadows, however would miss working for the town. She and her household nonetheless plan to reside on the town.



In the identical announcement, Mayor Joe Gallo heaped reward on Gallagher, calling her “an asset to the town.”

She took the helm of day-to-day operations at metropolis corridor quickly after aldermen voted 5-2 to dismiss Krumstok. That vote got here a day after Krumstok filed swimsuit towards the town and Gallo, who had positioned the 22-year metropolis worker on administrative depart and requested him to resign solely days earlier.

Krumstok alleged employment retaliation and discrimination, arguing that his firing stemmed from a private vendetta relationship again to 2019. Gallo denied the accusations.

The council settled the lawsuit for $250,000 final month, inking a 10-page common launch and settlement settlement by which Krumstok agreed to dismiss the swimsuit and launch the town, its insurance coverage supplier and Gallo of any legal responsibility and claims.

Whereas the council’s closed-door seek for a brand new metropolis supervisor continues, Police Chief John Nowacki is serving as momentary metropolis supervisor. The council is contracting with a short lived staffing company and Thomas Glaser, the previous Faculty of DuPage and Cook dinner County finance boss, to supervise the finance division.


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