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Genoa’s former administrator may have left without a word but the village will be paying nearly $65,000 to him following his departure.

Garth Reynolds left his job of more than three years officially on Dec. 31. Mayor Mark Williams announced his resignation during a Jan. 3 meeting. Reynolds’ letter offered no explanation as to why he left and neither has the mayor. Other village officials spoken to say they also do not know why he resigned.

But according to a severance package agreement filed with the fiscal officer Charles Brinkman, he will leave with a hefty sum.

He will receive a lump sum of $45,000 to forgo any claims to the village in the aftermath of his departure, Brinkman said, reading from the agreement.

The rest of the agreement includes:

•  $10,906 for accrued vacation, sick and personal time.

• $3,023 for a wage decrease he deferred for 2010.

• A $6,000 bonus he deferred for 2009.

 All will be paid to Reynolds by Jan. 15, 2011, the agreement states.

In addition, the village will pay for Reynolds’ health coverage until March 31.

The tensions between Reynolds and some members of Genoa Village Council have been building for months. Councilman Eric Hise, specifically, has asked Reynolds to resign during regular council meetings over the handling of village business.

However, Reynolds, who made more than $70,100 a year, held steadfast in the face of the complaints.

Following the acceptance of the resignation letter, council appointed Public Works Supervisor Kevin Gladden as the administrator.

Councilmembers are also considering revising the position and its job description.

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