Tomorrow at 1:00 pm, the City Commission will formally consider the resignation of City Manager Rick Fernandez.
Fernandez submitted a letter of resignation today. The resignation is effective January 3rd.
On November 8, 2017, the City Commission approved paid administrative leave to the City Manager pending the outcome of a complaint against him filed with the Florida Commission on Ethics.
On December 6, 2017, the City Commission again discussed the City Manager’s paid administrative leave.
At that meeting, the City Commission voted to authorize the City Attorney to contract with an outside law firm to conduct an internal investigation of the allegations against the City Manager and to consider all options including the possibility of a negotiated resignation/retirement of the City Manager.
Based on the information provided on the Talgov website, the City Attorney and the City Manager have negotiated a resignation agreement.
The main points of the agreement provide:
1. Rick Fernandez will resign effective January 3, 2018.
2. Rick Fernandez will be paid 18 weeks of his current salary for severance pay.
3. Rick Fernandez will be paid prorated deferred compensation for 18 weeks.
4. Rick Fernandez will be entitled to pay out of accrued personal leave and sick leave pay out the same as all other retiring City employees.
5. The Resignation Agreement supersedes all provisions in the City Manager’s current employment agreement. The City and the City Manager release all other claims or potential claims against each other.
6. Rick Fernandez is entitled to all retirement benefits as a retiring employee under the City Retirement System.
7. The cost of severance compensation is approximately $94,000.