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St. Pete Beach picks new city manager

(ran BEACH, SOUTH)

At a special meeting, the City Commission unanimously approved an employment contract with Carl Schwing, the 41-year-old city manager in Richmond Heights, Mo.

Schwing comes to the city with 15 years of experience in managing cities roughly equivalent in size to St. Pete Beach.

Some of his recent accomplishments in Richmond Heights include fostering the $337-million redevelopment of a regional mall, creating the city's first parks and stormwater tax, implementing the city's first recycling program, and working to upgrade the quality of a local school's athletic complex.

Under the new contract, Schwing will earn a $71,000-a-year salary and receive up to $12,500 to offset the cost of moving to Florida. Schwing plans to start work Dec. 1.

The contract will be renewed automatically in two-year intervals if neither party objects.

The contract includes numerous perks for the city manager, including a city car to drive on a 24-hour basis, 15 days of vacation, and health insurance for Schwing's family. The city will also fund 100 percent of Schwing's pension plan, although other employees split that cost with the city.

If the city manager is ever terminated without cause, he will be entitled to at least six months salary in severance pay, plus benefits and his pension account.

The selection concludes a nationwide search to find a new city manager, after former city manager Danny Walker resigned in May after being accused of sexual harassment.

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