Nassau County Board of County Commissioners Workshop Session, September 27, 2016, 4:00 p.m.

Nassau County Board of County Commissioners
Workshop Session, September 27, 2016, 4:00 p.m.
Commission Chambers, 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee, Florida

Call to Order

Present: Chairman Walter J. Boatright, Commissioners Daniel B. Leeper, Steve W. Kelley, George Spicer, and Pat Edwards.

Other Official Present: Michael S. Mullin, County Attorney; and Ted Selby, County Manager.

Staff Present:
Shanea Jones and Justin Stankiewicz, Office of Management and Budget; Scott Herring, Public Works Director; Ashley Metz, Human Resources Director; and representing the Clerk’s office Connie Arthur, Chief Deputy Clerk.

To discuss the process for hiring a new County Manager.

160927WS – Following opening comments by Mr. Selby, Ms. Metz came forward to review comparable surrounding counties and salaries. The group reviewed a basic job description and list of current job duties. There was discussion regarding hiring a search firm such as Colin Baeziger & Associates to help with the hiring process. She and Mr. Selby recommended the Board consider minimum qualifications include ten years’ experience and perhaps a Master’s degree in Business Administration or Public Administration.

Next, the Board reviewed a list of salaries paid by other counties and whether or not those counties include or pay separately for car allowance and/or deferred compensation.

At the request of Commissioner Leeper, the group briefly discussed guidelines outlined in Ch. 215.425 Florida Statutes as it relates to severance pay limits.

Commissioner Edwards wanted to consider a super majority vote of the Board for the termination process, if needed. The County Manager suggested this could be part of the contract negotiation with the selected candidate. Ms. Metz felt it was also important in the hiring process for the top candidate to have that vote of confidence.

Chair Boatright mentioned the presence of Commissioner-Elect Justin Taylor and the importance to consider his comments on the subject.

Commissioner Edwards was comfortable with a salary range of $140,000 to $160,000 including allowances.

Reviewing qualifications, Ms. Metz noted the importance of considering the preference for Florida governmental experience.

Discussion turned to the benefits of hiring a search firm to conduct the hiring process noting the cost to be approximately $35,000, or the alternative of performing the search in-house. Ms. Metz mentioned that Colin Baezinger & Associates was the only firm she could find with experience in Florida. Commissioner Leeper felt that a presentation by the firm would be helpful.

Following discussion, it was suggested to bring back on October 10, 2016 an agenda item for discussion of the job description including qualifications and salary range, and consider hiring a search firm for the County Manager position. Contract details would be worked out at a later time, but if a search firm is hired the firm should have Board direction regarding benefits, etc. Additionally, the job description should include “any other duties as assigned”. The Board should also consider whom they want to negotiate the contract on their behalf.

Mr. Selby also suggested the Board consider an interim County Manager depending upon the length of time to go through the hiring process.

There being no further business, the workshop session of the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners adjourned at 4:27 p.m.

Walter J. Boatright, Chairman


John A. Crawford, Ex-Officio Clerk