By CASEY FABRIS

Like other local governments in the region, Franklin County agreed to provide an exit payment to its recently departed chief administrator.

Brent Robertson was granted a lump sum of three month’s base pay, along with final vacation leave, according to information provided by the county. The total figure comes to $54,774.

In December, Robertson announced he would resign from the position, effective March 31, however he did not return to work after the holidays.

Robertson, a Franklin County native, served as county administrator for three and a half years. He had previously worked in Roanoke County, serving as the budget and management director. Robertson did not respond to a request for comment on Friday.

Robertson’s employment agreement with Franklin County included a provision outlining the severance the county administrator would receive if he’d been terminated without cause by the board, but did not detail any severance he’d receive upon his resignation.

Top officials who have recently left other local governments received similar payments.

Roanoke County Administrator Tom Gates received a one-time exit payment of $86,000 following his resignation, which took effect in January. Salem City Manager Kevin Boggess was promised more than $143,376 upon his departure. The figure is equivalent to 11 months pay, one for each year he was with the city. Boggess stepped down after the city council asked for his resignation in January.

Franklin County has yet to name a replacement for Robertson. Deputy County Administrator Chris Whitlow has been named as an interim leader.

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