10 high-ranking staff members in O'Fallon, Mo. offered buyout options

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 13 at 9:46 PM

(KMOV) – The O’Fallon Fire Protection District is placing ten of its top employees at risk of being fired if they do not accept a buyout option.

The city’s board met behind closed doors Wednesday night and made the decision to offer a buyout package to ten administrators, including Fire Chief Mike Ballman, Division Fire Chief Randy Sanders, Financial Administrator Robert Cerrano, Chief Administrative Officer Scott Avery and Fire Inspector Kay Lee Ellison. 

If no one takes the package, they are all at risk of being “at will employees," which means they can essentially be fired at any time for any reason.

According to the O’Fallon Fire Protection District’s website, it has 54 paid employees, 39 of which are reserve fire fighters and 20 junior fire fighters.

Ten of those paid employees have been given 45 days to either resign or be fired.

The employees are being offered severance packages of $1,000 for each year of service to the district.

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