HOLLYWOOD (CBS4) – Long-time Hollywood City Manager Cameron Benson, who was ousted over a $10 million budget shortfall, will be getting a severance package of almost $300,000.

Benson, 49, stepped down June 15th after Mayor Peter Bober called for his dismissal, according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald.

In his defense Benson said he took full responsibility for the day to day affairs but found it “a little unfair” to targeted for the budget crisis. To balance the financial scales, 18 city employees were laid off and all city employees were force to take pay cuts of eight to twelve percent.

Since his departure is an ‘agreed termination’, Benson is eligible for a year’s salary ($205,000) and any unused sick or vacation time ($83,000). At the age of 55, he will be eligible for a pension of $9,000 per month.

This Wednesday the city commission will meet to discuss Benson’s replacement. First hired in 1995 as assistant city manager, Benson had led the city since June 2002.


(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved.  This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald contributed material for this report)

Comments (4)
  1. outraged taxpayer says:

    The City’s Commissioners are idiots to award any amount of compensation and retirement benefit to Cameron Benson for quitting. This would NEVER happen in the private sector.

  2. Michael W. says:

    @ outraged taxpayer.. It happens all the time in the private sector.. look at the severance packages paid to CEO’s of failing companies that FAR outweight this. you are Naive.. I also have NO problem with paying the year salary, but the $9000 per month for a 49 year old man who only served the city for 16 years is ridiculous

    1. Rob S. says:

      That would NEVER happen in true private companies, that are not publicly listed on stock exchanges, where stockholders are left paying the tab for executives that run companies into the ground, and where boards members, appointed by them same executives, are too eager to protect and reward their friends (the executives).

      In this case, the taxpayers are left paying the bill. Outrageous.

  3. Jimbo99 says:

    Must be nice ? Hope they held a party for him too ?

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