Shane Shields hired as Wellington’s new city manager for $96,000 annual salary plus perks

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council named Shane Shields city manager at its meeting Tuesday after a 20 minute executive session to talk over details of the contract. Shields has been finance director for many years, and has served as the interim city manager since Roy Eckert was dismissed a few months ago.Shane ShieldsAfter the executive session the four council members in attendance all voted for hiring Shields. Mayor Shelley Hansel only votes if there is a tie. Vince Wetta and Kip Etter were not there.The contract was released to the media after the vote was taken. Shields is to receive $3,698 bi-weekly as compensation, which works out to about $96,000 per year. Eckert was making $108,000.The contract will be renewed on its anniversary date for two years unless either he or the council gives 60 days notice that it does not intend to do so. Sixty days notice is also required for resignation or termination.The contract includes a $500 per month car allowance, and the employee is responsible for all maintenance on the vehicle and will own the vehicle. After six months he will get a performance review and could get a raise, and reviews will be held yearly after that time.The contract also provides for a $100 per month stipend for a cell phone with internet access.According to the agreement the council may vote to terminate him, and the employee may resign if his duties are changed by the council in a way he does not find acceptable.A severance package of six months of base salary is included if he is terminated without cause.  Health benefits such as insurance will continue for six months. If he were to be terminated for “cause,” meaning for legal reasons within city policies, the city would not have to give a severance package.The agreement became effective immediately.The council had considered hiring the league of municipalities to run a search for a new city manager, and was set to approve that agreement at its Aug. 2 meeting. Some council members had seemed reluctant to do so, and at least three members voiced support for Shields at previous work sessions. Some wanted to go ahead and do the search anyway, even though almost everyone said they believed Shields would emerge as the top candidate anyway.Council member Vince Wetta surprised council members at the Aug. 2 meeting by making a motion to hire Shields instead of doing the candidate search, and that motion passed by a 4-2 margin.That was the meeting where Kip Etter left abruptly after saying he “was resigning.”  Etter came to the meeting Tuesday, but was asked to step down by the Mayor, who said he had resigned. The council took no action on the resignation, but Etter left and the meeting resumed.Hiring a new city manager had been discussed at several work sessions and regular meetings. There was no discussion at the meeting Tuesday.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +7 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 208 weeks ago I don’t disagree with the hiring of Shane Shields at all, but do not believe it was handled properly. Once again, his contract was not part of the agenda for the Tuesday meeting, and the contract was not available for review by the public prior to voting. That’s not transparency in government, and is why so many think these deals are made behind closed doors. It’s an easy fix, and someone should have the courage to do so. The public deserves better. Report Reply 0 replies · active 208 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Jackqualine A · 208 weeks ago City Manager contracts are an Executive Session item. City Manager Evaluation is an Executive Session item. Issues involving non-elected personal are always done in an Executive Session. We never knew about Carl Meyers, Gus Collins or Roy Eckert until after it was discussed in Executive Sessions. Thar is the State of Kansas. . Report Reply 0 replies · active 208 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 208 weeks ago Negotiations of those contracts are items that can, and should be, handled in executive session. The approval of such a contract is not the same. The resolution approving the employment agreement for Roy Eckert was part of the October 21st, 2014 agenda, with supporting documents provided prior to the meeting for review. That wasn’t the case here. Report Reply 1 reply · active 207 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Agenda Is Mute Now · 207 weeks ago SuCo Pride-Thank you for making an excellent point. Apparently Jackqualine A didn’t look backwards before to see form of standard was established on proper placement of agenda items. It is likely hiring of Carl Meyers, Gus Collins, and Roy Eckert were handled as resolutions on employment agreements listed as agenda items. Seems a mute point to actually follow Roberts Rules of Order pertaining to meetings with new mayor and certain council members. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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