All seven council members signed the revision to their policy on Thursday.
The council's severance plan was not as extensive as the county executive's plan, which paid a minimum of 80 days of pay to a maximum of 120 days of pay to departing top employees, such as department heads.
The council policy was created in part because the legislative secretary, the auditor and the council members' aides do not receive set amounts of vacation leave, and those employees therefore don't get payouts for unused vacation, as many people do in the private sector, Quirk said.
The policy for executive employees dates to 1987 but was revised several times over the years to increase the amount of the payouts and to cover employees who left voluntarily as well as those who left involuntarily. The policy was signed by the county administrative officer, who was one of the employees to benefit from it.
The most recent version of the policy for council employees dates to 2010. None of the current council members was in office then, although Kamenetz was a member of the council at the time.