Manatee County Government Administrative Center First Floor, Commissioner Chambers 9:00 a.m. - January 29, 2013
REVISED January 29, 2013 Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #38

County Administrator Contract


Contact and/or Presenter Information
Larry Bustle, Chairman

Action Requested
Approve employment contract with Edwin James Hunzeker and authorize Chairman to execute same.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Florida Statute 125.73

Background Discussion

On January 8, 2013 during the Board of County Commissioners meeting, a motion was made directing the Chair to negotiate an extended employment agreement with the County Administrator.

Chairman Bustle, in concert with the County Attorney's Office, negotiated the attached contract with the Administrator for the Board's consideration..

The contract is for a period of five years and is substantially in the same form and substance as the previous County Administrator's contract at his retirement in 2007. The base salary is identical at $203,548.80.

The agreement anticipates Mr. Hunzeker voiding his DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Program) participation in accordance with the rules of the Florida Retirement System, and forfeiting his DROP lump sum payout. To help offset this, a contribution in the maximum allowable amount will be made to his deferred compensation account.

The agreement limits the severance pay based on recent changes to Florida Statutes for termination for any reason other than cause to 20 weeks of compensation rather than the previous 52 weeks. 

County Attorney Review
Formal Written Review (Opinion memo must be attached)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Provide copy of executed contract to the County Administrator.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
General fund

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  HunzekerContractFinal.pdf