Former City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba resigned because the City Council had been presented with evidence that he had violated the city’s sexual harassment policy, according to unnamed sources.

WFDD Radio reported this on Thursday, March 7, and the Rhino Times has now confirmed it with its own sources.

There has been much speculation on social media that Jaiyeoba resigned because the City Council had found evidence of an inappropriate relationship with an employee, and in many cases the suspected employee has been named.

Others have speculated that Jaiyeoba’s resignation was related to the domestic disturbance at his home on Dec. 28.

However, it was not evidence of an inappropriate relationship but evidence of a violation of the city’s sexual harassment policy that reportedly resulted in Jaiyeoba resigning by email during the Tuesday, March 5 City Council meeting.

Mayor Nancy Vaughan and councilmembers have repeatedly said that the resignation was not the result of the domestic disturbance incident at Jaiyeoba’s home on Dec. 28.

Jaiyeoba did not attend the Tuesday, March 5 City Council meeting, and it has also been reported that Jaiyeoba did not attend the City Council closed session that lasted from 4 to 5:30 p.m. before the public portion of the meeting.

Jaiyeoba sent his resignation letter by email at 6:12 p.m. after the closed session had ended and the City Council was back in open session.

However, according to members of the City Council, much of the discussion in closed session was on whether to provide Jaiyeoba with a severance package if he resigned, and how much that severance package should be.

At the end of the City Council meeting, about 8 p.m., the City Council voted 5-4 to accept Jaiyeoba’s resignation and provide him with three months of salary and benefits but not executive compensation. Voting against the motion were Mayor Nancy Vaughan and Councilmembers Zack Matheny, Hugh Holston and Tammi Thurm.  All four have since said that they were in favor of accepting Jaiyeoba’s resignation but not in favor of giving him a severance package, since he had resigned.

Those voting in favor of the three-month severance package were Councilmembers Yvonne Johnson, Sharon Hightower, Nancy Hoffmann, Goldie Wells and Marikay Abuzuaiter.

The previous four city managers have all resigned and none of them received a severance package.