Steamboat Springs city manager’s contract again a topic of discussion
October 15, 2012
Steamboat Springs — The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night is set to discuss City Manager Jon Roberts’ contract months before his regularly scheduled performance evaluation.
The contract review was added to the end of the council’s agenda last week by city attorney Tony Lettunich.
Council members were tight-lipped Monday when asked about Tuesday’s contract discussion, and messages left for Lettunich and Roberts were not returned.
City Council President Bart Kounovsky said he didn’t want to comment on the contract review before Tuesday’s meeting, adding it is a personnel matter.
The latest discussion of Roberts’ contract comes just weeks after the council unanimously approved a set of goals they would like to see him accomplish before January.
The council’s seven goals for Roberts focused on economic development and improving his communication with the council and the community, and were the result of a contentious performance review in August where several council members criticized Roberts’ management style, his level of communication with the council and city staff, and his involvement in the community.
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After the 40-minute performance review that started with council member Walter Magill’s call to fire Roberts, the council voted unanimously to instead discuss his job description and lay out clear expectations for him.
Three City Council members — Kounovsky, Scott Myller and Cari Hermacinski — came to Roberts’ defense and said the city manager has done a commendable job of steering the city through challenging economic times.
In the wake of that review, Roberts defended his tenure as city manager and his connection to the community, and said he was eager to get clear direction from the council.
That direction included an expectation that he maintain a presence at City Hall five days a week while still working his 36-hour schedule. He also is supposed to generate a semiweekly report for council members and look to improve the efficiency of the city’s government through possible restructuring.
Other council goals for the city manager include having him maintain more of a visible presence at community events as well as meeting with local businesses and groups of city employees each week.
Roberts was hired in February 2009 after previously serving as city manager in Victorville, Calif. He makes $153,000 a year plus a benefits package worth between $30,000 and $35,000 a year. Roberts' base salary is 10 percent less than it was when he was hired, a result of the furloughs put in place for nearly all city employees during the economic recession.
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