In a brazen act of self-interest, Loveland’s City Manager Don Williams is pushing the City Council to approve a plan where the City of Loveland provides health insurance to he and some 20 other employees this year if they retire early. He wants the plan to run for the next 5 years.
The only two qualifications are twenty years of service at the city and having reached the age of sixty. Don Williams, born on December 20, 1947, appears to be qualified. Some on the council found it strange they were being asked to create a new benefit that would fall to mostly the city’s highest paid employees after they leave the city but doesn’t consider need, job type or the fact it rewards people for retiring early. The 4 to 4 vote caused the proposal to fail and was a bipartisan vote by both Republicans and Democrats on the council. We like to call it the “integrity” wing of the council. It was a demonstration that both Republicans and Democrats can agree that the city’s interests can be protected from proprietary acts of self-interest by management.
Despite Williams's angry comments that indicated a "my way or the highway" approach, councilors from both sides are working to bring back a similar proposal with more informatation and a slightly different plan.