North Liberty City Council to vote on former police chief's resignation

Agreement includes lump sum payment, benefit extension for Warkentin

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The North Liberty City Council is expected to vote tonight (Tuesday) on whether to accept a resignation agreement with the city's former police Chief Jim Warkentin tonight.

The agreement, which is included with the council's agenda for tonight's meeting, includes a $37,647 lump sum payment to Warkentin, as well as extending his insurance benefits through March 31.

The vote comes just one week after Mayor Tom Salm confirmed Warkentin was no longer working for the city. Though city officials have declined to offer more information on the reason behind his resignation, a joint statement released Feb. 6 cited personal reasons.

Warkentin worked for the department from Aug. 1999 to Feb. 4, and his most recent salary was $86,361,60. He was the city's first full-time police officer.

The resignation agreement, which Warkentin signed Feb. 6, also prevents him from filing any legal claims against the city regarding his employment, and contains a clause that keeps the terms of his employment confidential.

Diane Venenga, who has been with the department since 1999, has been named the acting police chief in his absence.


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