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Edmunds manages to charm council and mayor

City Manager Frank Edmunds did not ask for a pay raise.

City Manager Frank Edmunds did not ask for a pay raise.

SEMINOLE — If there were a Medal of Honor or an Oscar for city managers, Frank Edmunds would win hands down.

Once again, Edmunds received stellar reviews from five Seminole City Council members for his job performance over the past year. Two council members — Pat Hartstein and Bob Matthews — had not turned in their evaluations by early Tuesday.

But the five who did said they were pleased, as usual, with Edmunds.

"It's a pleasure, honor and a privilege to have Frank Edmunds as our city manager," Mayor Jimmy Johnson wrote.

Johnson's sentiments were echoed by Tom Barnhorn, who wrote, "I would like to commend you for the efforts you put forth to make Seminole the city we proudly call home. … I would like to say I feel your review was outstanding."

Johnson, Barnhorn, Pete Hofstra and John Counts rated Edmunds as "exceeds expectations" in most categories. They scored no category of of job performance lower than "meets expectations."

Edmunds said he was "appreciative,'' but he conceded he may have made the job a "little easier for them in that I decided neither to budget nor ask for a pay raise. I did that for a couple of reasons. Looking back, I think the council has fairly treated me for the past 13 years when it comes to compensation and contract terms. Amendment 1 has made funding local government difficult at this moment. I'd rather have those funds go to city services." Edmunds earns $121,615 per year.

The worst evaluation, if it can be called that, came from council member Dan Hester, who ranked Edmunds as "meets expectations" in most categories. In a few, Hester rated him as "exceeds expectations."

"Mr. Edmunds continues to be an effective city manager. I generally agree with his recommendations and priorities," Hester wrote.

"I do believe Mr. Edmunds on occasion misses the impact of what I believe to be excessive salary and benefits on our city. I would like Mr. Edmunds to be proactive in identifying better options to minimize this compounding impact."

Hester plans to raise the issue of salaries during this evening's budget workshop, which is open to the public. It begins at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 9199 113th St. N.

Edmunds manages to charm council and mayor 07/15/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 16, 2008 7:45pm]

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