Report: High-ranking staff members in O'Fallon, Mo. could be fired at any time

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 7 at 11:20 PM

(KMOV) – Nine of 10 top O’Fallon, Mo. Fire Protection District employees who were offered buyout packages over the summer could be fired at any time for not accepting the deals, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The city’s board met behind closed doors in September 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. 

The idea was to get about three of them to take the buyout so the city would not have to force anyone out of their job. One employee has since resigned, taking an offer to be fire chief at another department.

The report says the rest will become “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.

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

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