Teague City Administrator Resigns

CIVIC AWARDS GIVEN at the Teague Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards Banquet on April 5th were presented to (l to r) Randy Turner of Randy Turner Services, Business of the Year Award; Linda Steen, Teague Relay For Life Chairman, Organization of the Year Award; and Gus Ramirez, Citizen of the Year Award. Approximately 150 citizens attended the event, which was catered by Hyden Family Barbecue. Ricky Sims served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

Teague City Administrator Vince DiMaggio submitted a letter of resignation on April 3rd ending his employment with the City of Teague effective April 10th.

The letter of resignation came a day after the Council held a special meeting required after Mayor Earnest Pack vetoed a motion that was approved by a 3-1 vote on March 19th to increase DiMaggio?s annual salary from $82,000 to $99,500 per year. The March 19th motion also called for DiMaggio to receive an additional seven percent bonus based on the City?s budget surplus retroactive to his date of hire on June 29, 2011.

Mayor Pack was not in favor of the pay increase and used his authority as Mayor to call for a reconsideration of each Alderman?s vote on the motion at the city?s next council meeting. The same motion on April 2nd came to a 2-2 tie with Pack breaking to tie to deny the raise. Alderwoman Marie Hertenburger changed her vote causing the 2-2 tie with Aldermen Steed and Nickleberry voting ?for? and Alderman Gibson and Hertenburger voting ?against."

Mayor Pack reports that cities cannot award a bonus to a city employee based on anything in the past or retroactively.

DiMaggio had originally asked for 12 percent of the City?s budget surplus, but that figure was negotiated down to seven percent in executive session. Numbers indicated that at seven percent, the City?s approximate $317,000 in budget surplus the last two years would have made DiMaggio?s bonus approximately $22,000.

Place 3 Councilman Garlan Steed submitted his letter of resignation on April 3rd, Mayor Pack has not accepted the letter and will not do so until after the council meets in another special session called for Wednesday, April 10th.

Mayor Pack said he hoped Steed would attend the meeting before stepping down so two vacancies will not be on the board causing a speceial election to be held to fill the unexpired terms of David Huffman who resigned earlier this year in Place 1 and Steed?s position in Place 3. Council positions up for election this year are Place 2, 4 and 5, Held by Hertenburger, Nickleberry and Gibson, respectively.

Searching for a new City Administrator will begin at the April 16th, 2013 regular City Council meeting. City Secretary Judy Keally, will serve as Interim City Administrator pending action by council members on April 16th.

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