Park Ridge City Council won’t extend manager’s job agreement
Updated: April 8, 2013 6:09AM
Park Ridge’s acting city manager is eager to drop the “acting” from his title, but current elected officials are extending his wait.
Aldermen reaffirmed this week that newly-elected council members should decide whether to retain Shawn Hamilton, even though his employment agreement with the city expires before they take office.
Sixth Ward Alderman Marc Mazzuca on Feb. 25 proposed an extension of Hamilton’s employment which, according to an agreement with the city, is set to end on May 1, five days before the mayor and three aldermen elected on April 9 are sworn into office.
“The idea here was just to change the date on his current agreement from May 1, 2013 to some date in the future that would give the new council sufficient time to complete a search and sufficient time to have a good clean hand-off if the council chose to have someone else as city manager,” Mazzuca said.
But aldermen instead decided to conduct a review of Hamilton’s performance in mid-March. What will happen after the review has not been determined.
In January, the City Council put plans on hold for securing a permanent hire in the city manager’s office. Hamilton said he wants to remain employed with the city on a long-term basis and, if the City Council wishes to seek out a pool of candidates, he plans to apply.
But according to the agreement he signed when he was hired last summer, there is no requirement that he stay beyond May 1.
“If it’s not extended, the presumption is he’ll keep working,” said City Attorney Everette “Buzz” Hill, acknowledging, however, that there is “no guarantee” of this.
The agreement is a letter from Mayor David Schmidt confirming Hamilton’s employment. It states that Hamilton will be paid an annual salary of $140,000, he is restricted from hiring or firing city department heads and he is considered an “at-will” employee of the city.