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CPS gave Board Secretary chair, iPhone, and a year's salary


Greg Harman

When negotiating his separations papers with his former masters at CPS Energy late last year, former CPS Board Secretary and the Vice President of Nuclear Development Robert “Bob” Temple asked for so few things, it appears.

His office chair and computer desk went with him. As did his iPhone (purged of company documents). And he took a year's salary, too.

Temple's severance package was released today after months of delay. Temple appealed the Current's January 7 public information request of CPS to the Texas Attorney General, arguing release of the agreement was an “unwarranted invasion of personal privacy” and contained confidential “competitive information.” Citing established case law, Assistant Attorney General Mack Harrison disagreed with Temple, writing on March 11 that the severance was of “legitimate public interest” and “must be released.” Though he had the option, Temple did not appeal Harrison's ruling.

By all appearances, General Manager Steve Bartley negotiated a better out with the City-owned utility than the legally trained Temple. Bartley got a company pension, 15 months of base pay, and nearly two years of health care coverage for himself and his wife. But, of course, we haven't seen Temple's chair.

Here's the dealâ?¦

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