Thursday, July 19, 2018
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Brooksville reaches agreement with new city manager

BROOKSVILLE — The Brooksville City Council has reached a contract agreement with Mark Kutney, and he will start Nov. 6 as the new city manager.

The council voted unanimously Tuesday to bring Kutney on board at an annual salary of $102,500. With other contract provisions, including a car allowance and relocation payment, this year's total compensation package would cost approximately $107,000, which is $1,000 more than what the council had budgeted for the position, said Mayor Robert Battista.

The council worked in a week of overlap so Interim City Manager Lyndon Bonner can work with Kutney for several days.

Kutney, 63, who served as the town manager of Loxahatchee Groves from 2011 to 2014, will have to move to Brooksville within 12 months. His contract also includes a graduated severance package that would increase as his time with the city increases.

Kutney was one of three finalists for the city manager's job. Prior to working in Loxahatchee Groves, he was deputy city manager in Belle Glade from 2007 to 2011. He has a bachelor's degree in social science and urban affairs from Wilkes University and a master's degrees in regional planning from Penn State University and in public administration from Florida Atlantic University.

During his formal interview with the City Council, Kutney touted his range of management experience. He told the council that he has never been terminated, discharged or asked to resign from a position and that "I offer you a complete package.''

He replaces Jennene Norman-Vacha, who served as city manager for 10 years. The City Council voted in February to not renew her contract.

Contact Barbara Behrendt at [email protected] or (352) 848-1434.

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