Over the past few years when problems arise with City of DeKalb or Northern Illinois University staff, it seems the best way to resolve these issues is to offer them money and make them and the problem go away. Perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised now, as it has happened many times. After all, Northern Illinois University and DeKalb have made a habit out of this sort of thing.
It has been amazing how “the Wizard” has convinced the community they are there for good, even when allegedly bad things are discovered. It is interesting when people who are publicly heroic, but privately dastardly, rely on convincing a quantity of associates and the masses that they are the real deal. Then, when the curtain is pulled back and the real “person behind the curtain” is not what the populous think, some action starts to take shape. That is until, of course, the ones in the know figure out this isn’t the “Land of Oz.”
DeKalb City Manager Anne Marie Gaura was relived of her position and the payout for her to walk away came to more than $108,000. This was after the DeKalb City Council extended her contract.
Former NIU Police Chief, Donald Grady, was also paid to go away. Grady’s attorneys received $575,000 of the settlement, while Grady will receive $425,000 from NIU’s insurer, along with $25,000 from NIU, according to court documents.
Four years after arriving as Northern Illinois University’s new president, promising a future era of ethical leadership, Doug Baker resigned in the wake of a bombshell state watchdog report that alleged improper spending during his tenure. Baker received more than $600,000 to go away (dropping all allegations of concerns).
Future News: In the wake of the newest City of DeKalb problems, the acting manager, Ms. Molly Talkington, is out on administrative leave for financial and personal issues, until such time that formal action is taken by the City Council.
If tradition holds true, the City of DeKalb will pay Molly Talkington to go away. Going rate: $100,000 (tentative).
Legal issues versus reality…people game the system and to make these problems go away…just pay them off.