Paso Robles Superintendent Walks Away From Troubled District With $113,000 Plus Benefits

Former Paso Robles Joint Unified Superintendent Chris Williams made headlines in October for turning down a 1.5% pay raise. He has since walked away from the job, effective Dec. 21, with half a year’s salary — $113,409 — plus six months of medical benefits.

Williams announced he was resigning in December, just four months after inking his new employment contract. Despite dire financial conditions, the district approved his generous severance unanimously in a closed door meeting on Dec. 20.

Prior to the vote, members of the public expressed dismay that Williams could receive half of his $215,000 annual salary, despite the enormous financial problems afflicting PRJUSD. It’s facing a $2.1 million shortfall for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. It must make an additional $800,000 in cuts by the end of February. And its reserves have been almost completely depleted from 10% in 2015 to 1.73% currently. (The state requires it maintain 3% in reserves.)

Williams first joined the district in 2014. Former superintendent Julian Crocker has been chosen to serve as interim superintendent for the district, effective Jan. 1.

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