The Edgewater City Council voted unanimously July 1 to approve an employment agreement with Glenn Irby, making him the new permanent city manager.

Mr. Irby has been serving as the interim city manager since February.

Mr. Irby’s contract stipulates he will make a base salary of $135,000 a year. It also provides health insurance, retirement and other benefits.

Mayor Michael Thomas was the lone city council member to express reservations with the terms of the agreement.

“I think it’s too high,” the mayor said.

He explained he put dollar figures to all the various benefits and came up with a total compensation package of $171,606. He said he felt that was too much for a city the size of Edgewater.

City attorney Aaron Wolfe, who negotiated the terms with Mr. Irby, expressed to the council it was his opinion the salary, benefits and other provisions were consistent with similar-sized cities in the area.

Councilwomen Kimberly Yaney and Christine Power, who voted against offering the city manager job to Mr. Irby June 3, did not raise any issues with the employment contract.

During the June meeting, Ms. Yaney expressed her preference was to advertise the city manager position, indicating Mr. Irby could also be considered among the pool of applicants.

At that same meeting, Ms. Power stated that at a minimum, she wanted first to talk again with Ken Parker, a member of the Florida City and County Managers’ Association, who had assisted the city with filling the interim position. She indicated she preferred to do a search before offering the job full time.

As part of the employment agreement, Mr. Irby must live within the Edgewater city limits. He has six months to relocate. Under the terms, the city will reimburse him for up to $4,000 in moving expenses.

Before taking the interim city manager position in Edgewater, Mr. Irby was the city administrator for Apopka, where there is a strong mayor form of government. Previously he served as city manager for Umatilla in Lake County. Mr. Irby earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree in public administration from Troy University.

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