City Manager Tells Council To Give Perks To.....
The pre-dated January 15th memo recommends changing the current employment contract with the city to allow the City Manager 100% of accrued unused vacation and administrative leaves to be received in cash upon 'voluntary seperation' or retirement and is an increase over the current contract. Mr O'Keeffe further recommends allowing him to take 60% sick leave balance in cash and the city pays the remaining amount into his retirement account upon voluntary separation and any cost of living pay increases given to other managers also be given to him.
The City Manager currently receives some $215,000 per year plus benefits.
Mr O'Keeffe has had a rough go the last year, battling residents on a number of losing fronts. In the spring, he recommended privatizing the Child Development Center and called the assembled concerned parents "too emotional" and chided them that they needed to be "realistic". The council ultimately rejected Mr O'Keeffe's advice and the Child Center has been saved from the privatization scheme.
In the summer, Mr O'Keeffe supported the 'Lighting and Landscaping' tax ballot initiative, rejected by residents by more than 90% in the voting booth. Mr O'Keeffe told council members to go ahead and spend taxpayer money on setting up the election since the measure would pass "easily".
The City Manager also recommended the council allow an ill fated Ikea warehouse expansion on 53rd Street, a proposal that galvanized the neighborhood in opposition.
These and other policy failures culminated in the City Manager losing the confidence of the rest of the management at City Hall, forcing them to unionize in December.
The new two-year contract is meant to replace the current contract between the city and Mr O'Keeffe that expires on March 4th. The city council will decide on the City Manager's contract on Tuesday.
The Tattler reported on the previous iteration of the City Manager's employment contract in an October 18th edition.
The memo written by Mr O'Keeffe may be viewed here: