If critics of City Manager Anita Favors Thompson’s $229,000 salary thought a new City Manager would make less, they were wrong.
The City Commission is scheduled to vote on the new contract for recently appointed City Manager Rick Fernandez at their next meeting on December 9th, 2015. The recommended salary is $228,000.
At the November 10th Commission meeting, the City Commission unanimously voted to appoint Mr. Ricardo Fernandez as the City Manager. Mr. Fernandez had most recently served as the Assistant City Manager over the Service area of City Utility Services. The City Commission further directed Human Resources and the City Attorney’s Office to negotiate a compensation package for City Commission for approval.
View Rick Fernandez full bio here.
Mr. Fernandez’s current salary is $177, 798.92. He has served the City of Tallahassee for 27 years, including ten years as City Auditor and seventeen years as Assistant City Manager. The City Attorney’s Office negotiated a contract for employment with Mr. Fernandez which can be viewed here.
The proposed contract provides for an annual salary of $228,000, severance pay of 20 weeks, use of a City automobile during the term of the contract and a City contribution to the Mr. Fernandez’s IRS 457 retirement account in the maximum amount permitted annually for deferral.
City Attorney Lew Shelley is responsible for the agenda item and recommends that the City vote for ratification of the employment contract. The agenda states; “In light of the substantial experience which Mr. Fernandez brings to this position, the compensation package as reflected in the proposed agreement is recommended.”
Tallahassee Reports research shows that the current City Manager in Gainesville makes $174,956.
In Fort Lauderdale, the current City Manager Lee Feldman, makes $226,280.
However, Feldman replaced a City Manager in 2011 that was making $230,000. His starting salary in 2011 was approximately $199,000.