Iowa Public Radio will pay fired CEO Mary Grace Herrington $197,000 in a settlement that prevents the station from being sued, according to a Des Moines Register story.
IPR was at risk of a lawsuit because the board publicly discussed a personnel matter after it voted to terminate Herrington’s employment, board Chairwoman Kay Runge told The Des Moines Register last month.
Herrington was dismissed in February by the board in a closed meeting. The board discussed the station’s workplace environment and Herrington’s management style before voting, board member Mark Braun, University of Iowa chief of staff, told the Register on 2/26.
The settlement compensates Herrington for emotional distress, other damages and attorneys’ fees. IPR this year is about $1 million short of a revenue goal of nearly $8 million due to a drop in revenue from major gifts and sponsors, the board reported last month. The radio group has until the end of June to reach its goal.