Jim Hummel has done an investigative report on circumstances surrounding the BCWA's new executive director's departure from her previous position at the Providence Water Authority. Ms. Marchand was terminated without cause and given a severance package of over a quarter of a million dollars.
Only one of the directors at the BCWA was aware of the termination; the other directors were under the impression that she had left voluntarily.
It is interesting to note that Ms. Marchand's contract with Providence Water Authority could be unilaterally terminated with 60 days notice.
The contract with the BCWA is much more generous. Ms. Marchand can only be terminated with "Cause," which includes breach of the agreement, conviction of a felony, fraud or crime with moral terpitude, illegal drug use, loss of license as a professional engineer, or failure to comply with the written policies of the Company or written directions of the board.
The full report can be viewed at www.hummelreport.com/11.15.2012.buyout.html
What would cause the Providence Authority to spend over a quarter of a million dollars to terminate an employee?