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Revenue Authority Gives Cook $44,000 Parting Gift

Don Hutchinson, chairman of the board, declines to discuss how the authority determined the amount of the severance payment.

Former Baltimore County Revenue Authority Chief Executive William "Lynnie" Cook was paid $44,000 severance package.

The payment equals about one-third of Cook's annual salary of about $147,000 a year, according to information released by authority board Chairman Don Hutchinson.

Cook left the . The authority manages the county's public parking, golf courses and a skating rink.

"Lynnie’s resignation became official on April 3," Hutchinson wrote in an email response to questions about the severance package. "His notice was accepted during the winter and accrued vacation and holidays took him to that date."

In March, the authority hired Kenneth Mills to replace Cook at a salary of $159,000—about $9,000 more than Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. Mills held the same position with the authority nearly 20 years earlier.

It is not clear how the authority determined the size of the payment for Cook.

Hutchinson declined to discuss the issue and did not immediately respond to a request for the agency's severance policy.

"I have given you the information that you originally requested," wrote Hutchinson in an email response. "Beyond the basic information, which should be public information, all other information affecting a personnel decision will rightfully remain confidential."

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John June 02, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Wow! Where do I sign up for a job such as this one. This is quite common in the government where our tax dollars are waisted. These perks aren't often found in the private sector, where businesses have to compete in the marketplace everyday. And besides, if a business in the private sector wants to do this as a normal practice that's up to them, they're not using our tax dollars to do it.
Tim June 04, 2012 at 03:25 PM
People are seldom actually fired these days. Especially if they were considered good employees up until time of screw up (or layoff through no fault of their own).
Ron Burgundy June 04, 2012 at 10:26 PM
It's obvious John you've never been or read about the private sector. Severance for executives is actually standard operating procedure. The Tea Partiers and those of the same ideaology have been ranting for years that gov't should be run like a business and when it is you rant again. So please choose.
Barry Lincoln June 05, 2012 at 06:07 AM
Stop complaining about the lot Ruth. It's time to move on. The Revenue Authority owned the lot, and had every right to sell it. You do realize that the Revenue Authority doesn't get a single penny of tax payer dollars, correct?
Barry Lincoln June 05, 2012 at 06:10 AM
The Revenue Authority doesn't get a single penny of tax payer dollars. It's wise to get your facts straight before you start pontificating, or else you'll just come across as being ignorant.

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