Story by STACY MARTIN
On April 19, the DeFuniak Springs City Council met for a special meeting to review counter terms offered by the selected city manager candidate. The city had made the initial offer of employment on April 15 to Robert Thompson. At the special meeting, council members reviewed Thompson’s proposal and agreed upon a counteroffer in addition to the terms and qualifications set forth by the city charter.
The city agreed to offer Thompson an 18-month employment contract beginning June 1, of this year. A base annual salary will begin at $109,000, with the potential to increase base salary to $120,000 contingent on minimum satisfactory employment evaluation from the city council after the first six months of employment. Evaluations will be conducted by the city council every six months.
A one-time relocation expense payment will be given in the amount of $7,000. A city vehicle will be available to the city manager for official city use, per city policy.
Benefits common to all city employees will be provided, including retirement, insurance, and Paid Time Off (PTO), in which four hours of vacation and sick leave accrue every two-week pay period.
The city manager shall be eligible for a one-month aggregate salary for severance pay after a satisfactory six-month employment evaluation and for any reason other than for cause as determined by the city council.
City staff will type up the draft of the offer and present it to Thompson, who will have 48 hours (Wednesday, April 21 by 5 p.m.) to respond.