Idaho League Settles With Ex-CEO
The Idaho Credit Union League has agreed to pay its former president/CEO, Chris Johnson, $3,930 after a court-supervised mediation process at Idaho Fourth District Court's small claims department in Boise.
Johnson, who was dismissed in November after serving only five months as CEO, filed the lawsuit in January claiming the league owed him $4,700 in unreimbursed business expenses.
Shane Berger, board chair of the Idaho league and president/CEO of the $178 million Beehive Credit Union in Rexburg, said he is “happy we arrived at an agreement before the case went before the judge.”
Before the April 14 settlement, the league said it already reimbursed Johnson for business expenses he provided documents for, but it did not reimburse Johnson for other business expenses because he did not provide required documents.
The league appointed Vice President Kathy Thomson as its new president/CEO on Feb. 11.
Though the board did not give specific reason for his dismissal, Johnson believes some board members had wanted to hire another candidate for the league's top job.
Berger, however, said Johnson's speculation about his dismissal is wrong.
“The board is unified in our perception of Chris's performance while he was the Idaho Credit Union League CEO,” Berger said in a March 21 CU Times article. “Now that doesn't tell you whether he was fired or whether he left on his own.”