SEMINOLE — For many people, job evaluation time is a stressful event, but for City Manager Frank Edmunds, it's a yearly chance to bask in the glow of fulsome praise from his council members.
As in the past, Seminole council members took the chance to rave about Edmunds, 62, who has managed the city for 18 years. Edmunds is the city's first manager.
Also, as in the past, the council took the time to reward Edmunds. In some past years, he's refused to accept raises because other employees were not receiving raises and the economy was especially bad. In some of those years, the council extended his contract, which is now due to expire in July 2016.
This year, the council decided to give him a 2.5 percent salary boost from about $121,615 a year to about $124,655. The overall city operating budget is about $15 million.
The most lavish praise came from council member Jim Quinn, who rated Edmunds as A plus:
"I have been a council member for the city of Seminole for a little over three years,'' he said. "My interaction with Mr. Edmunds has always been positive. Spending a little time with him always leaves me with a great feeling about the future of our city.
"In the past two years Mr. Edmunds and his staff have reduced the city budget by about $1.5 million. He has made the sitting council look like members of the Mensa Society, and I thank him for that. I know Mr. Edmunds thinks of his position as more than a job because he truly cares for the city of Seminole and the residents who live and work here."
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