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Bozeman approves city manager severance package

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BOZEMAN, Mont. - Bozeman city commissioners are moving forward with plans to replace 13-year city manager Chris Kukulski after city commissioners voted Monday night to approve Kukulski's severance package worth more than $180,0000.

Mayor Carson Taylor says city managers are "at-will" employees and can be fired at any time. Because of that, Taylor says they get a more generous severance package.

Kukulski's severance package includes more than $148,000 in severance pay. There's also close to $28,000 for the former manager's retirement account. Another $5,000 will be included for life and disability payment.

"When you have the right to only be fired for cause it means you've done something pretty bad as opposed to being an at-will employee. (In that) case you could be fired for basically any reason at all," said Taylor.

City commissioners also approved the next steps in replacing Kukulski. First they'll bring in an interim city manager to help with hiring. That process is expected to last about two weeks.

Hiring a new, permanent city manager is expected to take anywhere from three to six months.

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