Case of fired North Las Vegas city manager heads to arbitration

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Ricardo Torres-Cortez Former North Las Vegas City Manager Qiong Liu appears at a city council meeting Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018|8:45 p.m.

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Former North Las Vegas City Manager Qiong Liu withdrew her ask for a public hearing to examine her termination from the city tonight quickly prior to the council was to begin procedures.

Instead, a resolution was passed settling her departure and calling for an arbitrator to rule on her payment.

“I do not concur with the grounds stated in the agenda item and would advise members of the city board to vote versus the resolution, however I comprehend you are unlikely to do so in light of your vote on Feb. 7,” Liu said in a statement.

The council last month voted to end Liu’s contract after it states she attempted to provide herself a $30,000 retroactive pay boost. But her contract didn’t license such a boost without approval from the council.

The independent arbitrator will figure out if the termination is with or without cause– a ruling that will impact her payment.

“This is the most effective usage of taxpayers’ cash,” city lawyer Gregory Kamer stated.

If the arbitrator finds that Liu was unjustly ended, she will be entitled to around $700,000 worth of advantages, according to the Delen Goldberg, North Las Vegas’ public info officer. If the ruling is termination for cause, she ‘d still be entitled to $300,000 worth of benefits including ill pay, holiday pay and holiday leave.

She began as an executive in 2004 with North Las Vegas and rose to city manager in late 2014.

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