Documents obtained by Tallahassee Reports show that a City of Tallahassee employee in the Underground Utilities department received a $26,000 raise in six installments over a period of 12 months.
The employee, Tim Potter is the “Manager of Operations for Underground Utility and Public Infrastructure.” In July 2017, a number of city employees were fired in the Underground Utilities department as a cost cutting measure.
Several sources have told TR that Mr. Potter initiated a trip to City Manager Rick Fernandez’s house with another city employee to repair a pool pump when Mr. Fernandez was over the Underground Utilities department.
Records show that the job description and pay band were changed to facilitate the raises. The raises were approved by City Manager Rick Fernandez.
Also, Potter’s supervisor, Mike Tadros, previously received a $40,000 raise in June, 2016.
Documents show that Mr. Potter’s salary on September 16, 2016 was $108,000. Potter’s salary was increased through six separate adjustments ending with a salary of $133,895 as of September 16, 2017.
A review of Mr. Potter’s application and his LinkedIn account shows that he graduated from Loudon High School in 1986 and has no other degrees. He has worked with the City of Tallahassee since 2000.
An email sent to Human Resources in November 2016 (the pay adjustments were retroactive to 9/16/16) by an official in the City’s Underground Utilities department stated:
It is recommended that the Manager-Underground Utilities Construction and Operations job class be evaluated regarding its placement in the Pay Plan hierarchy. It is believed that the Director class in Band “D” is the more appropriate place in the Pay Plan hierarchy. Also an equity pay adjustment to bring Mr. Potter’s pay in accordance with this request.
Tim Potter is the current and sole job class incumbent.
The email also explained the rationale for the raise.
Potter’s job responsibilities have steadily evolved since he was reclassified to the position in 2009. Since then, he has been assigned approximately 124 additional positions along with the added responsibility for construction, maintenance and repair of city streets, street painting, city sidewalks, traffic signs, drainage facilities and related capital projects. He is also responsible for the capital and operating budgets associated with the positions and expanded job assignment.