Newberg city manager resigns at council's behest
City says he tried to cover up affair
Aug 14, 2013 | 14 Comments
By Nathalie Hardy
Of the News-Register
NEWBERG -- City Manager Dan Danicic resigned suddenly on Monday, at the request of the Newberg City Council.
Danicic was asked to resign because he had an affair with an employee, and tried to cover it up, according to a press release issued by the city.
The council had heard, and investigated, rumors about the alleged affair as far back as 2009, but investigations came up short of concrete evidence. At the time, Danicic and the employee, Tabrina McPherson, denied having a relationship.
But the issue came to a head last month when a Portland attorney, acting on behalf of McPherson, who was terminated earlier this year despite positive evaluations, sent a request for settlement letter to the city citing sex discrimination in violation of Oregon law.
The letter alleged Danicic's desire to keep the affair quiet is what caused McPherson's termination.
"The council requested that he resign due to their loss of faith in his ability to manage. This was brought on by an inappropriate relationship with an employee and being dishonest about the relationship. He subsequently acknowledged the situation," said the press release.
City officials said they took the issue very seriously and said they understood the need to respond quickly.
Despite the fact the council asked him to resign, the city is obligated to pay Danicic a severance payment of roughly $72,000, according to his employment contract.
Assistant City Manager Lee Elliott will be acting city manager until one is appointed by the council to serve as interim manager.
For more information, see Friday's print edition.
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