North Liberty City Council to Vote on Former Police Chief's Resignation

By Hayley Bruce, Reporter

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NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa — The North Liberty City Council is expected to vote on whether or not to accept a resignation agreement with the city’s former police Chief Jim Warkentin Tuesday night.

The agreement, which is included with council’s agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting, includes a $37,647 lump sum and extends his insurance benefits through March 31.

The vote comes just one week after Mayor Tom Salm confirmed Warkentin was no longer working for the city. Though city officials have declined to offer more information on the reason behind his resignation, a joint statement released Feb. 6 cited personal reasons for Warkentin’s resignation. He worked for the department from Aug. 1999 to Feb. 4, and his most recent salary was $86,361,60.

The resignation agreement, which Warkentin signed Feb. 6, also prevents him from filing any legal claims against the city regarding his employment, and contains a clause that keeps the terms of his employment confidential.

Warkentin worked for the department from Aug. 9, 1999 to Feb. 4, 2013. His most recent salary was

Diane Venenga, who has been with the department since 1999, has been named the acting police chief in his absence.

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