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Provo council fires executive director



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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Provo's city council has voted to fire its executive director.

Terry Ann Harward was fired Tuesday and will be given a severance package worth as much as $30,000.

Harward had worked for the city for 12 years and was fired the day before three new council members were sworn in. Harward was terminated on a 5-2 vote.

All of the council staff serves at the preference of council leadership.

According to the Daily Herald, council members thought Harward realized the new council leaders would not keep her on, so she decided to leave her position. Because she was terminated without cause, she still is eligible for severance pay. She would not have been eligible if she had resigned.

"I am accepting an offer from the council to terminate me," Harward said at the meeting. "The council has graciously offered to terminate me without cause."

Harward could not immediately be reached for comment after the meeting.

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Information from: The Daily Herald

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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