The Ocala City Council officially approved a contract Tuesday night that will pay its new city manager an annual base salary of $225,500.
The contract with Sandra Wilson, who was appointed to job last month after serving in an interim role following the resignation of John Zobler in December, runs through Oct. 31 and can be successively extended for a period of two years at a time. Wilson also will receive $750 per month for a car allowance, which is payable on a bi-weekly basis and will be in lieu of a city vehicle.
The city agreed to pay Wilson an annual deferred compensation in bi-weekly installments amounting to 6 percent of her salary. Councilmembers also agreed to contribute 15 percent of her salary in bi-weekly installments into a retirement plan of her choosing.
Under the contract, Wilson is entitled to the same health, eye care and dental plans provided to other employees and on the same payment basis. The city will pay for term life insurance equal to her base salary rounded to even thousands, plus $100,000 in additional life insurance, the contract reads.
Councilmembers will review Wilson’s performance no later than Oct. 1 every year. The Council has the ability to increase her salary in light of her performance. Merit increases based on annual performance evaluations and salary reviews are exclusive of any cost-of-living increases provided to her. She will receive those cost-of-living increases at the same time and in the same manner increases are granted to other city employees.
Wilson was selected to serve as the city manager over Ocala Fire Rescue Chief Shane Alexander and Assistant City Manager Bill Kauffman. She was selected by a 4-1 vote, with Council President Pro-Tem Justin Grabelle casting the only “no” vote and offering his support for Alexander.