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Published On: Fri, Feb 17th, 2012

Kayenta Township being sued

Weekly Edition | February 17, 2012 | By: NP writer

“We terminated him for resume fraud,” said Andre Cordero

Former township manager Hygi Waetermans is suing the Kayenta Township of wrongful termination. A California resident- Waetermans, 63, told the Daily Times Thursday he was fired as manager on June 23, 2011, about 10 months after he accepted the job and signed a three-year contract with the Township.

Kayenta, AZ sits in northern part of Arizona on the 27,000 square mile Navajo reservation. Mr. Wartermans is seeking legal action against the township commission for breach of contract.

“I want reinstatement to my job with retroactive back pay benefits, removal of any sort of negative information from my personnel record and for the township to cover my relocation costs,” Waetermans said during a phone interview with the Daily Times.

The former manager signed a three-year contract at $80,000 per annum and started the job at 8 a.m. Aug. 9, 2010. Waetermans said on a early-morning call he was told to come in immediately and that is when he learned the township fired him on a vote that was 3-2, he was also was told to vacate his home in which the township provided.

However, according to the current township manager Andre Cordero, who took Waetermans place as manager after he was fired, said the termination was simple. “We terminated him for resume fraud,”

Mr. Waetermans would like to be reinstated as manager, plus all the ‘stipulations in his original contract’, and a 5 percent rise on a yearly basis with relocation reimbursement.

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Kayenta Township being sued