Former Rolling Meadows chief financial officer receives an additional $ 10,000 salary, mostly for additional managerial roles
Former Rolling Meadows longtime finance director Melissa Gallagher will receive nearly $ 10,000 in severance payments and retroactive payments for serving as a temporary city manager for the past several months before moving to a new job in Lake County.
City council approved payments of $ 3,166.78 in severance pay and $ 6,833.22 in retrospective compensation on Tuesday evening for Gallagher’s additional management duties between the sacking of town manager Barry Krumstok on July 13 and Gallagher’s resignation on May 22. October.
The lay judges approved the additional remuneration unanimously and without discussion as part of a work separation and release agreement on the approval agenda.
Although the four-page document contains a long general release statement – in which Gallagher agrees not to bring “claims, lawsuits, causes of action, claims and liabilities” against the city – Rolling Meadows City Hall sources said the contract language is exemplary, and Gallagher said has no claims or pending litigation against the city.
A search of federal court files also revealed no legal battle between Gallagher and the city.
Gallagher, now assistant finance director for the Lake County government, did not respond to a request for comment.
When Gallagher announced her resignation in a press release on Sept. 29, she said she was looking forward to the next chapter of her career after 15 years at Rolling Meadows but would miss working for the city. She and her family are still planning to live in the city.
In the same announcement, Mayor Joe Gallo praised Gallagher and called her “an asset to the city”.
She took over the helm of day-to-day business in the town hall shortly after the councilors voted 5-2 to sack Krumstok. That vote came a day after Krumstok filed a lawsuit against the city and Gallo, which put the 22-year-old city worker on administrative leave and asked him to resign just days earlier.
Krumstok alleged retaliation and discrimination in the workplace, arguing that his dismissal was due to a personal vengeance in 2019. Gallo denied the allegations.
The city council settled the $ 250,000 lawsuit last month and signed a 10-page general release and settlement agreement in which Krumstok agreed to dismiss the lawsuit and indemnify the city, its insurance provider, and Gallo of all liability and claims.
While the search for a new city administrator goes on behind closed doors, Police Chief John Nowacki acts as the temporary city administrator. The council has signed a contract with a temping agency and Thomas Glaser, former chief financial officer of the College of DuPage and Cook County, to oversee the finance department.