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Seminole council showers praise on City Manager Frank Edmunds

SEMINOLE — In most cities, the annual event is known as the city manager's evaluation, but in Seminole, it's a love fest.

Six of the seven council members really, really love Frank Edmunds.

This year, Leslie Waters and Jim Quinn gave Edmunds perfect scores of 72 points overall on the grading system. Mayor Jimmy Johnson gave him 71 points. John Counts gave him a 69; Bob Matthews, a 67; and Thom Barnhorn, a 66.

Missing was council member Patricia Plantamura's evaluation. Last year, she gave him 33 out of 72 possible points. Plantamura was not at Tuesday's workshop when Edmunds' performance was discussed. She had not turned in her evaluation by late Thursday.

But even a low score from Plantamura would not have outweighed the fulsome praise the other six heaped on Edmunds.

"Everyone knows how I feel about my city manager," said Matthews. "He makes the city shine wherever we go. ... I love this man."

Quinn said he only gave Edmunds a 72 because "that's all they allowed me to give. ... I am very sure any city across the country would take him away from us if they could."

Barnhorn said he was "humbled" to be working with Edmunds and the other employees and council members.

"It is a pleasure to have city manager Edmunds working with us in this wonderful city of Seminole," Johnson said.

Edmunds is the driving force in the success of Seminole, Johnson said.

"It's a pleasure working with you," he told Edmunds. "It truly is."

The six even appeared willing to give Edmunds a raise, but Edmunds stopped them before the discussion could get started, saying he did not want a raise because of the hard financial times.

"I think it's important to lead by example," Edmunds said, referring to the financial hardships of the past couple of years that have seen layoffs in the city.

Edmunds, 60, earns about $121,615 annually. He last had a raise in August 2007. He has worked for Seminole for about 16 years. Edmunds credited other city employees for his high ratings.

"This is a team effort," he said. "I do enjoy coming to work each day."

Reach Anne Lindberg at ali[email protected] or (727) 893-8450.

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