Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 06/08/2011 04:03:59 PM PDT

UPLAND – The authority to settle claims filed against the city may soon be returned to the city manager.

The city’s finance and economic development committee is recommending the City Council grant the city manager the ability to settle claims up to $25,000, a right that was revoked by the council in January.

“The difference between then and now is we’ve added a couple safeguards in there,” City Manager Stephen Dunn said.

The human resources director may also be allowed to settle claims up to $10,000.

All settlements will be placed on the council agendas for final approval.

A city employee will be tasked with monitoring all the claims and settlements as well as making sure copies of checks are filed with the City Clerk’s Office.

“It’s separate of the human resources department and separate of the city manager department, so it’s kind of a check and balance,” Dunn said.

The City Council in January decided to take on all of the city’s liability and tort claims soon after they placed former City Manager Robb Quincey on paid leave of absence. He was terminated by the council on May 4, partially for settling a claim that stemmed from his own personal incident. At the time was allowed to settle up to $25,000.

In June 2010, the amount was increased to $100,000.

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