By Rich Pollack
Highland Beach Town Manager Kathleen Weiser agreed to leave her position immediately on Jan. 6 in return for a severance package that includes 20 weeks of pay valued at close to $53,000.
Commissioners, in a 4-1 vote, accepted the agreement, with Vice Mayor Ron Brown dissenting.
Weiser, who served as town manager since 2011, came under fire from some commissioners following a negative Palm Beach County Inspector General’s report.
The report concluded the town didn’t follow its own charter when it approved funding for a close to $1 million renovation of the town hall without bringing the issue to voters.
The announcement of Weiser’s agreement to step down came soon after commissioners appointed resident Rhoda Zelniker to the commission seat left vacant following the December death of Dennis Sheridan. Zelniker will serve in the position until the March 10 municipal elections.
Zelniker and other commissioners agreed to appoint Town Clerk Beverly Brown as interim town manager and plan to discuss a search for a new town manager later this month.