Bradenton Area Convention Center One Haben Boulevard, Palmetto - Longboat Key Room 9:00 a.m. - August 11, 2020
August 11, 2020 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #36

County Attorney Employment Agreement


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Mitchell O. Palmer, Esq., County Attorney; Ext. 3750

Action Requested

I move to approve and authorize the Chairperson to execute the County Attorney Employment Agreement in the form presented by the County Attorney.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Florida Statutes, Chapter 125
Manatee County Code of Ordinances, Sections 2-2-30 thru 2-2-35

Background Discussion

Mr. Mitchell O. Palmer has announced his retirement effective the end of  January, 2021.  

At its regular meeting of June 16, 2020, the Board adopted a motion to appoint Chief Assistant County Attorney, William Clague, as Mr. Palmer’s replacement, effective upon Mr. Palmer’s retirement.

The Chairperson and Mr. Palmer have negotiated a County Attorney Employment Agreement (“Agreement”) with Mr. Clague, for consideration and approval by the Board.  The Agreement largely mirrors the existing employment agreement between the County and Mr. Palmer, with minor changes for clarification. 

The Agreement provides for a 10% increase to Mr. Clague’s current salary as Chief Assistant, which results in an annual salary that is less than the current annual salaries of Mr. Palmer and Ms. Coryea.  There are no substantive changes to the benefits currently provided to Mr. Palmer.

The Agreement has also been reviewed by County Administrator Coryea and Human Resources Director Stroud.

County Attorney Review
Other (Requires explanation in field below)

Explanation of Other

This is a County Attorney item.

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Provide the CAO with an executed original of the County Attorney Employment Agreement.

E-mail an approved copy of this agenda item to:

Mitchell O. Palmer, Esq., County Attorney;
mitchell.palmer@mymanatee.org, and

Patricia Nolan, County Attorney’s Office,

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  County Attorney Employment Agreement (final).pdf