As an oversight board, the RTA leaders are going to scrutinize Mr. Clifford’s severance agreement. Everyone knows a severance equal to between two times and three times his salary, when there is only six months left on his contract, is absurd.
The real question is why such a monstrous agreement? Why the need to silence Mr. Clifford who was threatening to sue? Could it be because his contract would not be renewed for a corrupt reason? Could it be because he would not give in to an unreasonable request of Mr. Madigan to raise an employee’s salary and/or undue pressure from Metra board members Huggins and O’Halloran?
It is no surprise Mr. Madigan’s office has no record of requesting a friend be hired by Metra. He is too experienced to leave a written trail behind. The idea that the entire Metra board, with one exception, would agree to this extreme waste of taxpayer’s money is very disturbing. Just what does this board do?
After all, it is only two or three years since it was discovered, after the fact, that Mr. Pagano stole more than $400,000 of the taxpayers’ money. Where is the oversight the RTA board is supposed to provide on an ongoing basis?
Phillip E. Ritchey
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