City offers fired HR director $33K to settle whistleblower complaint

The City of Edmonds has offered ex-Human Resources Director Debi Humann $33,000 plus attorneys fees to settle a whistleblower complaint that she filed against the city after she was fired by former Mayor Mike Cooper in September 2011.

Cooper said he fired Humann because he had lost confidence in her ability to do her job; Cooper’s assistant Kim Cole claimed she faced a hostile work environment and harassment from Humann and other city employees.

In response, Humann — who had worked for the city since 1999 — filed the whistleblower complaint, claiming she was fired for attempting to stop improper payroll practices involving Cole. An independent 18-page report released in January 2012 stated that most of Cole’s claims were unfounded.

The Edmonds City Council Council approved the whistleblower complaint settlement offer following an executive session at the end of last Tuesday night’s meeting.

City Attorney Jeff Taraday provided us with a copy of the settlement agreement and we’ve linked to it here.


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