Former Richmond CAO receives $163,000 severance package

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The City of Richmond will pay former Chief Administration Officer Byron Marshall $163,617 in severance, as part of his resignation from City Hall.

The Mayor's Office announced the details of the severance package Monday, just more than a week after Marshall's resignation. The total includes pay for unused vacation time.

Deputy CAO for Operations Chris Beschler is serving as interim CAO until the position is filled.

Marshall served in the position for more than five years, but his time had been marred by speculation of under the table deals and special treatment. Multiple high-up city officials hired by Marshall have been forced to leave over the past few years after allegations of wrongdoing.

Former Deputy CAO Carolyn Graham, who oversaw the troubled Department of Social Services, resigned after several investigations showed children were being left in dangerous situations to alter foster care numbers. Her number two, DSS head Gayle Turner, was also forced out. When Marshall negotiated DCAO of Finance Sharon Judkins' exit package, he faced accusations of special treatment, which resulted in an investigation by the Commonwealth's Attorney.

Marshall's exit comes as the mayor's plan to bring a new ballpark to Shockoe Bottom remains in limbo. Marshall has been involved in the negotiations of that plan, which would have been rejected by city council. It was the latest in public struggles between the administration and council.

It is too soon to tell how the departure will affect that deal, as well as other high profile projects.

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