SEMINOLE — It's that time of year again when council members here have a chance to rave about City Manager Frank Edmunds during their annual appraisal of his job performance.
This year they liked him so much, they agreed to give him a one-time bonus of about $3,650. Edmunds, whose 17-year anniversary as the Seminole city manager is Tuesday, earns about $121,615 a year. He last had a raise in 2007.
Of 72 possible points in 24 categories, Edmunds was awarded a perfect 72 by Jim Quinn and Leslie Waters. Mayor Jimmy Johnson and John Counts were only slightly less thrilled: Both awarded him 71 points. Edmunds' lowest ratings came from Tom Barnhorn's 70.5 points and Bob Matthews' 70 points.
Patricia Plantamura, who has historically been Edmunds' most vocal critic, was not at last week's workshop set to discuss the evaluation. And she had not turned one in by late Friday.
But the others gave Edmunds, 61, fulsome praise.
Barnhorn referred to a flap over the display of American flags on the city's fire trucks. The city was inundated by emails from people across the country who were incensed at an erroneous report that Seminole had banned the flag from its trucks.
"When a nation is insulted by partial half-truths and miscommunication, it proudly raises its head to strike it and its Glorious Symbol. You and our (fire) chief responded to and educated those outraged patriots defending our flag," Barnhorn wrote. "Thank you for your quick response to return this city's pride. And respect to this nation. … I thank you for quickly stopping this nationwide assault on our city."