The county Workforce Investment Board delayed action Monday on potentially firing its executive officer, Helen Lopez.
The item was listed on the board's agenda for closed session, but Lopez has requested any action be discussed in open session.
The board was sent a letter by El Centro attorney John F. Lenderman on Lopez's behalf stating Lopez is willing to resign if the board will authorize six months in severance pay and continued benefits, "and a mutual and duly executed ‘bad mouth' clause to address her continued concern with the character disparagement she has suffered in recent months at the hands of several members of your board."
The letter does not name the board members nor would Lopez name them.
Lopez said working conditions have been in a downward spiral for some time, and that she is on stress-related leave. She said at the worst she has been accused of being "not nice" or not "board-friendly."