Departed MDHA chief Phil Ryan to receive year's severance

Friday, March 8, 2013 at 1:22pm

Phil Ryan, the departed executive director of the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency, will receive a sizable cushion for leaving.

In the wake of being forced out of the position he held for 11 years over an employee demotion and the subsequent office uproar, a source confirmed that Ryan has agreed to a severance package with the MDHA board equal to at least one year of his salary. That amount was $152,880 in 2012.

As first reported by The City Paper, Ryan tried to demote MDHA's Director of Urban Development Joe Cain without telling him. That move created controversy in the ranks at MDHA, and after complaints by employees against Ryan were filed, the MDHA board brought in an outside consultant to assess the situation.

The result of that assessment was the recommendation that both Ryan and Cain be let go from the agency. Ryan chose to resign rather than face public disclosure of the complaints levied against him and face termination from his job.

Cain is still employed by MDHA. Ryan’s last day was Feb. 25.

The MDHA board has begun a search for a new executive director.

8 Comments on this post:

By: floyd1 on 3/8/13 at 3:10

When a member of the media attacks a person's character in print (whether the person is a public servant or a private citizen) citing unnamed sources, it represents the worst of yellow journalism. Next time you choose to assassinate a person's character please reveal the name of the sources for the information so the public can decide whether the allegations are true or whether the attackers had their own agenda. Perhaps it is the knowledge of undisclosed agendas of the attackers that motivated MDHA's Board to VOLUNTARILY grant a severance of one year's salary to Mr. Ryan, who by all accounts served the citizens of this city faithfully for 21 years.

"....Ryan tried to demote MDHA's Director of Urban Development Joe Cain without telling him. That move created controversy in the ranks at MDHA, and after complaints by employees against Ryan were filed..."

By: Bellevue on 3/8/13 at 3:32

"MDHA board brought in an outside consultant to assess the situation."

Who is running the ship up there? Is there not any member of management at the MDHA who possess the skill, judgment or expertise to make decisions such as this? If not, why are they in management?

I resent my tax dollars being spent wasted due to the incompetence of government.

By: CitizenKane on 3/8/13 at 10:55

It's disappointing to see how low Chris Farrell has fallen, I used to admire him.

By: CitizenKane on 3/8/13 at 10:59

George Barrett's maneuvers to save his son-in-law's job have backfired: now every mention of Joe Cain cites that he was incompetent.

By: CitizenKane on 3/8/13 at 11:10

"a source": Mr. Whitehead: why don't any of your sources agree to go on the record?

By: Loner on 3/11/13 at 6:38

From the article: "In the wake of being forced out of the position he held for 11 years over an employee demotion and the subsequent office uproar, a source confirmed that Ryan has agreed to a severance package with the MDHA board equal to at least one year of his salary. That amount was $152,880 in 2012."

That 's a lot of money, folks....especially when it is being given to a person who was essentially fired for cause.

There must be more to this story than what has appeared in print...in all likelihood, somebody has somebody by the scrotum....there must be some "real reason" behind the "good reason" for paying Phil Ryan off so generously; one must ask, "Is the super-generous severance pay purchasing Ryan's silence?" Follow the money...something stinks.

By: bfra on 3/12/13 at 4:56

He can stay off of work for a little while, then go back to work for Metro at $20 or so an hr.. Just so he doesn't make too much to mess up his pension from Metro. It is done every day, just check the records.

By: wasaw on 3/12/13 at 2:31

The sad note in all this is that the $152,880 severance package is public monies, derived from tax paying citizens. My best guess would be that Ryan knows things that might cause Hizoner some discomfort, so the best way to dispense of him is to pay him a years salary, with public tax money. MDHA is a federally funded, Nashville led operation.

Democrats, whether local, state, or federal just don't get it. Search for cities and states that are near bankrupcy. Why are they ALL led by Democrat leaders? To the one; ALL Democrat led.