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Beach city reviews city manager contract

Belleair Beach's mayor says the city hopes to approve a deal with Reid Silverboard and have him on board next week.

By SHEILA MULLANE ESTRADA
Published February 16, 2005


BELLEAIR BEACH - A new city manager is expected to be hired Thursday at a special City Council meeting called to review a proposed contract with Reid Silverboard.

The contract is the result of several weeks' negotiations with Silverboard that Mayor Michael Kelly says were "very amiable" and a "learning experience" for city officials.

"We hope he can be on board next week," said Kelly, who would work closely with Silverboard during his orientation to the city.

Because the city's new city manager form of government will not officially begin until after the March 8 election, Silverboard would officially serve as administrator officer until March 9. His salary and benefits package would begin immediately, however.

"It will be very different having a full-time, experienced manager. We hope Mr. Silverboard will be able to evaluate what direction Belleair Beach should go in the future," Kelly said.

Silverboard was selected by the council as the leading candidate after interviews in January. He has served in various city and town administrative capacities for about 30 years, most recently serving as city manager of Carrollton, Ga., and Fort Walton Beach. His wife, Jill, is city manager of Madeira Beach.

Silverboard's proposed contract calls for a $60,000 annual salary with benefits that in some instances exceed those provided all city employees:

-- Immediate vesting in the city's retirement plan, a process that now takes five years for other employees. The city would contribute a minimum of 10 percent of his salary into the retirement plan, the same as for other employees.

-- Fifteen days of vacation leave after serving three months, increasing to 20 days after serving five years. Other city employees now earn up to five days during the first year's service, increasing to 10 days after two years, 15 days after five years and 20 days after 15 years.

-- Life insurance double his annual salary ($120,000 for the first year). Other employees receive a flat $15,000 life insurance policy while police officers receive a $75,000 policy. Health, dental and disability insurance is the same as other employees.

Silverboard would also receive $350 per month car allowance as well as mileage reimbursement for official use outside the Tampa Bay area. The city would not provide a car, although it does so for its police chief.

He would also be provided an office computer with broadband Internet access, a cell phone, and city-paid professional dues and subscriptions to national and state professional organizations.

He would be expected to work a minimum of 40 hours a week, but allowed to adjust his work schedule based on meetings and other time spent on city business beyond the normal workday.

If Silverboard were to resign, he is required to give the city 60 days' written notice to receive accrued benefits. If he is fired for any reason except "for cause" during the first six months of his tenure, he would receive severance pay equal to four months his base salary, an amount subsequently increasing to the equivalent of six months pay.

There would be no severance pay or benefits if he were terminated for felony crimes involving moral turpitude or dishonesty, ethics violations, malfeasance, or illegal acts related to his job.

The council will review the proposed contract at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Belleair Beach City Hall, 444 Causeway Blvd.

[Last modified February 16, 2005, 04:30:09]


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