A few observers and members of the media were present when the Edmonds City Council reconvened at 8:46 p.m. Tuesday in an anticlimactic finale following 90 minutes in executive session. “to receive and evaluate a complaint or charges brought against a public officer or employee,” and potential litigation.
With five councilmembers present (DJ Wilson and Michael Plunkett were absent), Mayor Mike Cooper asked whether the City Council wanted to take action regarding the waiving of attorney client privilege. After hearing no motion made, Cooper declared meeting was adjourned.
Former City of Edmonds Human Resources Director Debi Humann, who was fired by Cooper nearly two weeks ago, was present when the council reconvened. She said afterward she didn’t know if the executive session –which is allowed to be closed to the public for personnel or legal matters — was focused on her, but wanted to be in the audience just in case.
There was also speculation that the executive session involved continued discussion about Cooper’s executive assistant, Kim Cole, who is on paid administrative leave while the city investigates Cole’s claim of workplace harassment while working for the City.
At last week’s council meeting, settlement agreements that Cooper had reached with Cole were voided by the City Council. My Edmonds News obtained copies of those agreements through a public records request and has attached them below.
My Edmonds News learned from those involved in the negotiations that the actual CR2A agreement for a $65,000 settlement signed Sept. 22 by Cole and the Mayor was drafted by Councilmember DJ Wilson based upon negotiations between Cole and the Mayor (with representation by respective attorneys)
That settlement amount was adjusted in the Sept. 23 document when it was determined through negotiations that Cole could not legally receive health benefits as part of the severance package. The amount was revised to $77,000 to cover the cost of her purchasing those benefits. An additional $7,000 was added in later negotiations in exchange for Cole giving up her claim of wrongful termination, bringing the total settlement amount to $84,000.