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Chiefland City Manager Grady Hartzog will stay on the job another year after the city commissioners approved a new contract for his services.
In a special meeting Monday evening, the commissioners unanimously approved paying Hartzog $70,968.85 annual salary.
At the same time Hartzog said because he felt money was tight in the city budget he had the stipulation that the city pay $400 in annual Chiefland Rotary Club dues for him removed from the contract. Hartzog said he felt that the city already paying dues for two department heads for Rotary was enough.
The city will, however, pay his dues in the International City and County Manager’s Association.
Mayor Teal Pomeroy, in evaluating Hartzog’s performance this past year, said he has come to value Hartzog’s wisdom.
Hartzog was teased about one commissioner asking when he would move to Chiefland from Newberry where he was once city manager. He said that when the home sales market improves and he can sell his Newberry home he will be able to move.
The same question came up at City Police Chief Robert Douglas’ evaluation in December. Douglas lives in Marion County where he was a law enforcement officer before coming to Chiefland.