Welcome to the YES! Weekly Pop Quiz, where we ask elected officials about their jobs. This week, we speak with members of the Winston- Salem City Council about their Nov. 15 regular meeting. The rules are simple: No research, no callbacks. This quiz was administered prior to Monday’s meeting.


1. Assistant City Manager Martha Wheelock is recommending a reduction in severance pay for city employees from the current rate of two weeks of pay for every year worked to what amount?

2. The city council is expected to vote on a budget amendment to accept a NC Solar Center Grant to purchase how many new electric vehicles?

3. The city council is expected to vote on the purchase of new police pursuit vehicles at tonight’s meeting. How many vehicles have been recommended for purchase?

Dan Besse, Southwest Ward: 1. Minimum is $3,000 and the maximum is 20 weeks. [ ] 2. Five neighborhood electric vehicles and 2 bucket trucks. [ ] 3. Fifteen. [ ]

Mayor Allen Joines: 1. What we’re going to now, if

it’s less than five years, it’s four weeks; if you’ve worked more than 20 years, it’s 20 weeks of severance pay. [ ] 2. I can’t remember exactly, I think it was about four. [X] 3. Fifteen. [ ]

Robert Clark, West Ward:

1. For the folks that have been there the longest time, they’re going to be impacted the most because it’s a max of 20 years. We also put a minimum in, and that’s $3,000. [ ] 2. Two lifts and two electric cars. [X] 3. Fifteen to 20. [ -]

Correct Answers

1. Roughly, one week of pay for every year worked with a minimum severance package of $3,000 and a maximum of 20 weeks of pay.

2. Five neighborhood electric vehicles and two hybrid electric bucket trucks

3. Fifteen pursuit vehicles