Tom Prohaska has the story today about Tom Garlock leaving as general manager of the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission. This is a story we heard late Monday but details have been very sketchy. Prohaska's article is also short on details as no one seems willing to talk.
Here's what some insiders have told us but we haven't been able to confirm. Garlock's contract was up and he asked for a big raise and did so rather arrogantly. The board balked and decided to replace him even though Tom wanted to negotiate down.
Supposedly, Tom said he was going public with a host of information about that could be embarrassing to the organization.
So, while the board didn't change its mind on Garlock, it did offer a tidy little severance package. The number we've heard is a quarter of a million dollars plus lifetime health insurance.
OK, you can pick your jaw up off the floor. Yes, a government agency may have just given away a quarter of a million of the public's money and a lifetime of benny's to its outgoing general manager.
Ladies and gentlemen, if this information is indeed confirmed....and given how coy Norma Higgs, the vice chairwoman of the Commission was being in the Prohaska article makes you suspect they want to keep this quiet...watch all hell break loose in the Comptroller's Office and the Attorney General's Office.