Proposed city manager deal would pay $65K

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Ellzey to earn only $500 per year more than last manager

By The Staff

The Chiefland City Commission will consider a proposed contract for a new city manager and a staff recommendation to go with a 5 percent increase in city employee health insurance coverage when it meets Monday night at 6 p.m. at City Hall.  

Interim City Manager/Deputy Clerk Mary Ellzey, who has been offered the city manager position would receive a $65,000 per year salary — just $500 a year more than what was paid to Kevin Gay, the city manager whose contract the commission refused to renew at the end of May. 

Ellzey, a 31-year employee of the city, has served as interim city manager at least twice. She was a last-minute applicant for the manager's position.


City commissioners offered Ellzey the position July 14 after a short review of 23 applicants. "We've already got someone here who is qualified for the job," Commissioner Chris Jones said of Ellzey, adding that it would be a waste of time and effort to continue with the search.

Ellzey started at the city in the police department, working dispatch for about eight years, and then moved into City Hall as an administrative assistant in 1991.

Unlike Gay, whom the city had to pay almost $25,000 in severance pay because of a clause that granted him 20-week's pay, Ellzey's contract only calls for a month's pay if terminated without cause. She would also be able to collect any accrued benefits. 

The contract calls for nothing to be paid if she is terminated for misconduct or any breach of the agreement. 

The deal also calls for evaluations after 3 months and 6 months and at least annually thereafter. 

If the contract is approved, Ellzey's deputy clerk position will be assumed by City Hall Staff Assistant Laura Cain and the commission will consider approving an ad that has been published for Cain's old position. 

Among other benefits she will be able to take home a city vehicle if she lives within 10 miles and will receive $35.30 payment for a cell phone. All other benefits are at the same level as city employees. 

According to the agenda for Monday's meeting the commissioners are also being asked to continue Blue Cross Blue Shield as the city's health insurer despite an initial proposal to increase premiums by 12 percent while Av Med offered a 7 percent increase. Mike Michaelis, the city's insurance agent, said Blue Cross Blue Shield wants to retain the city's business it lowered its increase to 5 percent. The increase will cost the city $11,045.52 depending on the coverage. 

To find out what else is on the commission agendas click on the link for the file attachments.