Commissioners approve $160,000 salary for Drummond
Published: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 8:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 8:29 p.m.
On Tuesday, the County Commission unanimously approved an agreement for Assistant County Manager Rick Drummond to become the interim county manager.
Under its terms, Drummond, 65, will receive an annual salary of $160,000. County government will also put an amount equal to 5 percent of his salary into a deferred compensation retirement plan and make contributions on Drummond's behalf into his existing pension plan through the Florida Retirement System's Deferred Retirement Option Program.
Drummond, 65, will either have use of a county vehicle or a $450 monthly car allowance.
While voting with the other board members, Commissioner Susan Baird compared the post of interim manager to that of a substitute teacher and said she would like to have a lower base salary.
Drummond's salary as assistant county manager is $132,234. Outgoing County Manager Randall Reid's salary is $169,689.
Commission Chairman Paula DeLaney, who represented the board in negotiations with Drummond, said the pay and overall compensation were based on what Reid received from the county.
Commissioner Lee Pinkoson said Drummond received “ultimately a fair compensation package” given the difficulties ahead. With only four commissioners following the resignation of Rodney Long, Pinkoson said Drummond could find himself with no official board direction on budget issues because of 2-2 votes.
Should commissioners vote to dismiss Drummond as interim manager, the agreement includes a condition that allows him to return to his job as assistant county manager while retaining higher benefits and pay for 90 days.
Prior to the vote, Drummond was already in the county manager's seat and serving in that capacity at Tuesday's meeting.
Reid departs to become the Sarasota County administrator. His official last day is Jan. 20.
Drummond started with the county in 2000 as growth management director. He has been assistant county manager since 2007.
Also Tuesday, commissioners voted to move ahead with the process of changing their informal meetings into special meetings.
The informal meetings, which date back to the late 1990s, have had no agenda, which meant members of the public did not know in advance the issues up for discussion.
The new plan, which needs to come back for a final vote, will now have an agenda that includes emergency items that staff members have put on for a vote or direction, specific issues commissioners have put on for discussion and a time for general board discussion of any issues not on the agenda.
The move came in the wake of allegations that the informal meetings violated the Sunshine Law. The State Attorney's Office, in consultation with the Florida attorney general, found no such violations.
The move was approved 3-1, with Baird in dissent. She wanted more stringent rules that did not allow for discussion of land-use issues or any matter involving an elected constitutional officer without five days' notice to that official.
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