Without comment on March 26, Brookfield’s village trustees voted unanimously to approve an employee resignation and release agreement with former Village Manager Keith Sbiral, who resigned earlier this month after a roughly four-year run as Brookfield’s top staffer.
The terms of the agreement state Sbiral will receive a severance package worth $113,630, which includes vacation and sick time he is owed per the village’s personnel code, as well as 90 days’ salary.
The terms of the agreement were negotiated by the two sides prior to Sbiral’s official resignation on March 15. A resignation from Sbiral, which is included as a part of the agreement, indicates that his last day on the job was March 13, and he was absent from the village board’s March 12 regular meeting.
“As I move into the next phase of my career I’ll carry with me a wealth of experiences, opportunities and knowledge that I gained from my time in Brookfield,” Sbiral wrote.
The resignation letter thanks Riccardo Ginex, who brought Sbiral on as assistant village manager in 2006, and called the village hall staff “second to none.”
“You have some of the greatest human resources anywhere I’ve worked,” Sbiral wrote.
“I will miss working with the village hall team.”
Attempts by the Landmark to contact Sbiral for comment were unsuccessful.
The agreement also includes a letter of reference from Brookfield’s human resources director, which is positive and complimentary.
The letter states that Sbiral “significantly improved village services to its residents through technological advances, management of the village’s departments and community relations.”
In addition, the letter of reference points out that Sbiral “received excellent performance evaluations and earned the respect of his department heads and village officials.”
Village President Kit Ketchmark declined to talk further about the terms of the agreement or the events that led up to Sbiral’s departure.
The resignation agreement also includes a “non-disparagement” clause, prohibiting either side from making any adverse statements about the other, including to members of the news media.