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City Reaches Undisclosed Financial Settlement With Janey

Clifford B. Janey fought for months with the city over severance pay.
Clifford B. Janey fought for months with the city over severance pay. (Gerald Martineau - The Washington Post)

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By Theola Labbé
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The District has reached a financial settlement with former school superintendent Clifford B. Janey, who lost his job in June when Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) took over the schools.

Peter Nickles, the mayor's general counsel, confirmed that the District had settled Janey's contract but would not disclose yesterday how much the District will pay him, saying that both parties had agreed to keep confidential the terms of the settlement, even though it involves public money.

Janey's attorney, Sharon P. Stiller of Rochester, N.Y., did not return a phone call or an e-mail seeking comment.

Janey could not be reached for comment.

Although officials did not discuss finances yesterday, Janey will be paid from city coffers, and the office of the chief financial officer is processing the paperwork, a spokeswoman said.

The agreement, which Nickles said both parties signed Aug. 29 and does not require D.C. Council approval, ends months of disagreement between the Fenty administration and Janey over his severance package. Janey, who arrived in the District in 2004, was working under a contract with the D.C. Board of Education that ran to 2009.

But on the eve of the mayoral takeover, Fenty told Janey in a late-night phone call that Michelle A. Rhee was his choice to lead the schools.

In July, both sides were locked into their positions.

Janey, who was paid $250,000 annually, was asking for up to two years in severance pay, according to what his attorney said at the time.

The administration offered one year of severance plus health insurance and pension benefits stipulated in his contract, Nickles said in July.

Nickles made it clear yesterday that any tensions had eased.

"All outstanding issues were settled, to his satisfaction and to mine," Nickles said.


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