Former Hinesville City Manager Billy Edwards will remain, at least on paper, a city employee until Sept. 12. This is the official date Edwards’ resignation will become effective, according to the severance agreement received by the Coastal Courier through an open records request. Edwards also agreed not to sue the city. The agreement acknowledges that the long-time city manager “was not terminated for cause,” and that his resignation will be noted in the city’s personnel records as being voluntary.
The Hinesville City Council accepted the negotiated severance package for Edwards on Aug. 17, after reconvening into regular session following an executive session in which they discussed personnel. The council then appointed Acting City Manager Ken Howard as interim city manager.
The severance agreement details the salary and benefits the city will pay Edwards on the day his resignation becomes official. This includes the two-weeks of wages Edwards did not receive during his 14-day suspension in June. The city is obligated to pay Edwards the 9 months of salary he would have earned after Sept. 12. This amount will be paid in two installments; $30,000 on Sept. 12, and $86,347.73 on Jan. 2, 2018.
Edwards notified the city on June 5 of his intent to sue. He began his employment with the City of Hinesville on June 12, 1978.