Dayton mayor: City manager resigned for ‘personal reasons’

Dayton city manager resigns. (WDTN PhDayton city manager resigns. (WDTN Photo/Chris Smith)oto/Chris Smith)
Dayton city manager resigns. (WDTN Photo/Chris Smith)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley addressed the media Tuesday afternoon to discuss the sudden departure of City Manager Warren Price.

Whaley said City Manager Warren Price will step down from his post effective Wednesday. She says Price told the city his reason for leaving is personal.

Whaley expressed her own satisfaction with Price’s work and noted the two parties are parting on good terms.

2 NEWS Investigates obtained Price’s seven page personnel file. There is no documentation on job performance or disciplinary action.

Price’s contract states he makes $160,000 a year.  He was granted moving expenses up to $10,000 and the city would pay $3,000 every month for interim living expenses for up to nine months.

According to Whaley, Price was still receiving that $3,000 for living expenses every month.

According to his contract, Price had to establish permanent residency in the city or be employed for nine months to be eligible for four months’ severance pay in the event he is involuntarily terminated by the city, unless such termination is for cause.

The contract says if Mr. Price terminated his employment within four years of his employment date he has to refund the city the $10,000 moving expense and will not be entitled to be paid for vacation accrual.

Mayor Whaley said Price will be receiving severance pay.

Whaley says the city has great confidence in the newly appointed interim manager, Shelley Dickstein.

Dickstein has more than 20 years of experience in economic development and has been crucial in many of the projects underway downtown including properties coming to the Water Street project.

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