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Gay approved as city manager

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starts job this week

By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

Chiefland has a new city manager, though there was little discussion Tuesday evening on the matter before commissioners unanimously approved applicant Kevin Gay's contract for the job.
Gay, who said he would start work Wednesday, will start out with a salary of $64, 500 a year, which is $4,500 more than commissioners had agreed upon at a workshop two weeks prior.
"I made some concessions, and he made some concessions," Mayor Teal Pomeroy said of his earlier contract negotiations with Gay. "I think it's pretty fair."
Commissioner Rollin Hudson was the only one to ask any questions on the matter at Tuesday's meeting, wanting clarification on a portion of Gay's contract regarding the use of a city vehicle.
The contract states that Gay will have use of a city-owned and maintained vehicle as long as he lives within 10 miles of city limits.
"Until such time that Employee resides within 10 miles of the City of Chiefland Employer agrees to a gas allowance equal to one tank of gas per week for the Employee's personal vehicle," his contract states.
Hudson asked Gay if he would be driving from Beverly Hills each day, about 120 miles round trip. Gay said that, yes, he would be making the trip each day until he was able to sell his home in Beverly Hills, though he didn't know how long that would take.
"Let's see how you like the job I'm doing, and let's see how I like working with you guys," Gay added.
He said his vehicle, a Chevy Silverado, costs about $75 to fill up — a total cost of about $4,000 a year paid by the city until Gay is able to move to the Chiefland area. The contract doesn't have a cut-off time for this allowance.
Gay, who beat out dozens of initial applicants for the position, has a master's degree in business organizational management from the University of LaVerne, in Texas. He has more than 15 years experience in managerial positions, according to his resume, and last worked as business manager for the Office of Economic and Small Business Development, in Ocala.
He replaces City manager Grady Hartzog, who worked for the city for about 6 years and resigned in February. Gay's contract with the city is for a year, though he is scheduled for a performance evaluation in six months.