Fountain Hills Town Manager Tim Pickering was relieved of his duties Tuesday as the town’s top administrator.
The 7-0 vote among council members OK’d a “mutual separation between the town and Tim Pickering,” Fountain Hills Mayor Wally Nichols said Wednesday.
Pickering, who had been Fountain Hills’ town manager for the last five years, was making an annual salary of about $143,000. His total severance package provides him with $189,575, which includes salary and benefits, according to information from the town. Pickering had interviewed for at least one other city manager job, in Flagstaff, during his tenure.
Nichols said a lot was accomplished under Pickering’s stint.
“He brought us back to financial stability, and we built a new town hall,” Nichols said. “But his management style was not the style we want to have as we move forward.”
Pickering, who was a contract employee, could not immediately be reached for comment. Kate Zanon, will take over duties as interim town manager.