Evaluate city manager

Aug 6, 2013


My topic this week is the city manager’s evaluation.

Will the commissioners share with the public the city manager’s evaluation and not try to keep it confidential? I can understand conducting an evaluation in executive session, but I think the public should at least get some basic idea as to how the city manager is performing.

For those of you who are interested in the city manager’s contract, it can be located on the city’s website under City Commissioners’ minutes and then click on ordinance number 11-116 for the year 2011. The contract states that the salary is to be $127,000 with the manager receiving a possible 5 percent pay increase after six months on the job. No one knows if the 5 percent raise has actually happened or if any raise was given out to the manager, nor do we know what the manager’s pay is at this time.

I think the contract should have had an option to renew term limit applied to it. The term limits would serve a couple of purposes. It would give the city a chance to make any adjustments to the contract at the time of renewal, or the city could choose not to renew the contract if the performance has been critically compromised. Term limits would provide for a constant incentive for continuous improvement. At one time, the city did have a city manager who was under a one-year contract.

Will the public be informed as to what goals and objectives were set forth by the commissioners and whether or not those goals were met? Will we know what form was used for rating the city manager? Will the commissioners bring their separate evaluations together to present one evaluation with an overall consensus?

Until next week, it would be inconceivable to pay for a service and not know if the service was satisfactorily rendered. A very lucrative contract was given to the city manager and now it is time for the taxpayers to receive some kind of report for the expenditure of money that was rendered for those services.


The Answer Person

Once again, tilting at windmills.


right you are


I think she's got a valid point. For that kind of money, shouldn't someone be able to review what kind of job is being done? If it were you or I, we certainly would have some sort of job review. Same principle.

The Answer Person

If you had a job you would know that reviews are private.


@ Answer Person.

More reason to believe you are from another country or planet. You are always after people to put up their money, well here's an issue you are fronting money for ( paying taxes), provided you live in Sandusky, and you question the need to have a government officials file open for view? Are ya kidding us?


why is an evaluation anyone's business but that of the commissioners? they were hired to do the job for us. I see no reason to question their work if they are doing the job to which they are assigned. It is their work, let them do it. Transparency goes only so far, after that, it remains the business of the commissioners and not the public. Let it alone, Sharon, unless you intend to run for commission yourself.


Is the city manager's evaluation considered a public document that the public can request? The city manager's job is not a private sector job so there is a difference when the job is being paid for from public funds. The salary is being paid by the taxpayer who incidentally is head of the city's organization chart.


I think the Commissioners should get rid of the City manager and the law director. They both are way over paid for what they do. Watch both of them strut around and act like their God. $127,000. thats un-real And who knows what Iceman is making. City could save lot of money if they pay both of them about $50,000. Their not worth anymore than that, Big shots with an attitude.


To attract competent, experienced, potential City Manager candidates, the city of Sandusky needs to offer compensation in line with other peer cities. I don't know what other cities would be considered a potential peer of Sandusky, but if the average compensation package for a peer city includes a base yearly salary of $125,000, Sandusky will have an extremely difficult time attracting good City Manager candidates if the base yearly salary advertised is more than 10% less than $127,000.

In ~3 months the current City Manager's contract will expire. One would think it good to know the City Commissioners & current City Manager's plans wrt a contract renewal or search for a new City Manager.


In the private sector, except for company CEO's, an employee's compensation and yearly reviews are indeed private.

In Sandusky, the City Manager contract, including compensation, has been previously published. The SR has also previously published the 2012 goals the City Commissioners set for the City Manager. The City Manager work contract, compensation and goals are all in the public arena. Why wouldn't the City Manager performance review be so as well?