Former County Administrator Katie Nunez signed a contract ($75 an hour) on August 29th, which is set to run until June 2017. Ms. Nunez received a $100,000 severance package last month. According to the county, Finance Director John Andrzejewski, currently the acting county administrator, requested Nunez be available to help the county prepare for the upcoming audit.
First, who made the decision to bring her back on, and were all the Supervisor’s aware of this? Also, does Ms. Nunez have any discretion with county spending (can she authorize expenditures), and if so, is there a limit on that. Is June 30th of next year a hard end date, or is there some wiggle room if she is needed further?
Queries to the County confirmed that acting County Administrator John Andrzejewski requested from the Chairman and Vice-Chairman that he be able to contract Katie Nunez as a consultant on financial issues and any other matters related to County Administrator duties. The request was approved with a cap of $7,500 and only for specific assistance in closing out FY 16 and audit preparation. The contract is through June 30, 2017 and no minimum hours are guaranteed. The county does not envision any extension to this work. Ms. Nunez will not have any county spending authority nor will she consult on county expenditures. “She has a wealth of corporate knowledge related to past financial activities, audits and reconciliations, and I intend to tap her knowledge,” John Andrzejewski said.