McQuillan’s departure ended a contentious five-plus months that began Jan. 7 when the City Council voted against reappointing him to a new two-year term.
McQuillan retained his job as Methuen’s top lawyer as the council unsuccessfully worked to find a replacement. After the search stalled, councilors voted to hire Kopelman and Paige to assume the duties of solicitor.
McQuillan remained on the city payroll until June 30, despite working his last day one month prior.
He collected over $2,000 per week in paid vacation in June and was due a $40,500 buyout package for his unused vacation and sick time after being removed from the city payroll.