The Mattoon City Council has fired the city administrator.
Council members met for more than three hours in closed session before voting 4-1 to end City Administrator Sue McLaughlin's contract "without cause." The newspaper reports that means she walks away from the almost $100,000-per-year post with a severance package worth an estimated $50,000.
McLaughlin had faced criticism for her proposal to sell 4.7 acres of land at Lake Mattoon to her fiancé for about $41,000. Critics contend that offer was too low and the property should be put up for auction.
Council member Chris Rankin voted against the firing, saying he thought McLaughlin's proposal didn't merit termination.