Aiken City Manager resigns, interim manager chosen

(John Klimm, November 2016)
(John Klimm, November 2016)

AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF) – In a unanimous vote, city council approved accepting John Klimm’s voluntary resignation, effective immediately. The mayor says he’s not surprised by the resignation.

According to the resignation agreement Klimm will continue to be paid his salary through April.

His 3 year contract with the city began in April of 2015.

Klimm’s currently salary is $142,043.20 dollars and includes benefits.

The resignation agreement with the city states he will receive a lump sum within the next 10 days of more than $56,000 dollars for sick leave, vacation time and relocation allowance.

  • $30,184.18 dollars for the value of 442 hours of accrued vacation leave
  • $20,000.00 dollars for accrued sick leave
  • $10,971.72 for the cost of COBRA for 12 months
  • $6,000.00 for relocation allowance

He will also continue to receive bi-weekly payments of $5,463.20 dollars through April of 2019.

While serving the City of Aiken, Klimm headed repairing the city’s aging infrastructure and earned the city an award for their budget.

“What was his reasoning?” Asked NewsChannel 6’s Stefany Bornman.

“Well that would be a question for John obviously, but we want to honor and respect his wishes.” Mayor Rick Osbon said. “Certainly we are trying to follow forth in this contract.”

Stuart Bedenbaugh was appointed the interim City Manager.

Mayor Osbon says the city wishes Klimm well in his future endeavors.

Klimm released the following statement regarding his resignation:

“I love Aiken and I have cherished the opportunity to be of service to this City. I wish the new council well on the many projects that we have initiated over the last three years and know that they will continue to tackle many more. I will miss this City and the hundreds of workers I’ve come to know and depend on over the last three years. I’m very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish together and I know they’ll continue that fine tradition of service to the residents of Aiken. Dolores and I have been blessed to call Aiken home. As our Chamber of Commerce president regularly reminds us, if you’re lucky enough to live in Aiken you’re lucky enough.”

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