A former York County Director of Human Resources who was fired after a closed-door meeting more than a year ago will get $45,000 from the county's coffers.

County commissioners on Wednesday unanimously voted in favor of a severance agreement under which Robert Nace would be paid $45,000 to settle all claims arising from the termination of his employment.

Commissioners declined to address the vote and deferred comment to county solicitor Don Reihart. In the public meeting, Reihart said the "personnel issue" was related to a months-old claim from Nace's termination.

After the meeting, Reihart said Nace lodged a claim with the solicitor, asking for severance that he "thought he was entitled to" after being fired in September 2011.

Reihart said Nace felt he "had been treated inappropriately," and that other department heads had received benefits such as severance after their departure.

He advised commissioners that the agreement approved Wednesday will resolve all outstanding issues and allow the county to move forward, he said. The cause for dismissal has not been made public.

Commissioners in January hired then acting-director Kristy Bixler to take Nace's position.

Nace held the post nearly five years and made $92,056 per year plus a $45 monthly cell phone allowance.

Bixler, who has worked in human resources since 2002, is paid $78,000 plus a $45 cell phone allowance.


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The position's responsibilities include recruitment, benefits, risk management such as insurance, worker's compensation, and, temporarily, labor negotiations.

Nace did not immediately respond to a message left at his home.

- Reach Christina Kauffman at ckauffman@yorkdispatch.com.