A Washington Superior Court ruled that John Fairman, former head of now-defunct District of Columbia General Hospital, cannot collect a $663,000 severance package awarded by an arbitrator, according to the Washington Post. Fairman was fired in 2000 amid allegations of mismanagement and fraud. Fairman’s original contract with the hospital included a six-month severance package, but in April 1999 the board of the Public Benefit Corp., which oversaw the hospital, extended the severance benefit to a full year. That agreement, however, was never approved by the D.C. financial control board. Although the financial control board has dissolved since, awarding the package would violate control board law, Judge Linda Davis wrote. The Public Benefit Corp. amassed at least $109 million in deficits during Fairman’s last three years as chief executive, according to the Post.
Former chief of D.C. General loses severance fight
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