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West Jordan City Council Reviews Pay and Benefits for Departing City Manager

West Jordan City

The West Jordan City Council is meeting tonight to consider approving a severance package for former city manager Richard Davis, who resigned from the position on Tuesday.

West Jordan City’s council-manager form of government means Richard Davis was responsible for most of the city’s day-to-day operations. Now, according to city code, assistant city manager Bryce Haderlie will assume that role in the interim.

The details of Davis’ resignation are still unclear. He said in a statement earlier this week that he stepped down to spend more time with family, but he also leaves the post amid questions about his second job outside city government at the consulting firm Municipal Solutions.

Davis’ departure also comes after a justice court employee filed a lawsuit against him and other city officials last month alleging sexual harassment and threats related to an investigation into the conduct of West Jordan Justice Court Judge Ronald Kunz.  

It’s unlikely the council will discuss the resignation publically at tonight’s meeting, but they will vote formally on how to proceed with Davis’ severance package. 

According to city records, Davis’ total annual compensation is nearly $200,000

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