Meet your new city manager

Lazaro Aleman
ECB Publishing, Inc.

Raymond Clark Jr. is officially Monticello's city manager, effective Monday, July 1.
The Monticello City Council unanimously approved Clark's contract as the new head of public works operations on Tuesday evening, July 2.
The one-year contract, renewable annually, assures Clark a salary of $60,000 per year, to be paid in semi-monthly installments of $2,500, with the job description noting his expected dedication of “a great deal of time outside normal office hours” to city business.
The job also comes with a city-supplied vehicle for business-related purposes and travel to-and-from-work, but not for personal use.
“The city shall pay for all necessary insurance coverage for this vehicle, and for the necessary maintenance and repair thereof (including fuel and lubricants),” states the 10-page contract.
The city also provides and pays the plan for a cellphone, which Clark may use for city business and “personal use incidental to city business.”
The contract likewise provides health and life insurance for Clark, as well as insures him for $300,000 worth of liability insurance in his official capacity. It also allows in the budget for travel expenses that he may incur in pursuit of his professional development; participation in national, state, regional or local associations and organizations related to his city manager duties; and membership in local civic clubs and other organizations or subscriptions to publications that relate to city management.
The contract obliges the city to “defend, save harmless and indemnify (Clark) against any tort, professional liability claim or demand or other legal action arising out of an alleged act of omission” that may occur during his tenure as city manager.
Unless, according to the contract, Clark “is found personally liable by virtue of acting outside the scope of his employment or acting in bad faith, with malicious purpose, or in a manner exhibiting wanton and willful disregard of human rights, safety or property.”
The city manager's stated responsibilities include performing all duties and functions described in city ordinances or at the request of the council, as well as being responsible for the hiring, managing and terminating of all city employees other those under the supervision of the chief of police, city clerk or city attorney.
Clark may be subject to annual performance evaluations, which evaluations he may discuss with the council if he chooses.
Clark has a long work history with the city, dating from 1988 when he began in the street department, a job he held until 1995, when he switched to the Jefferson County Road Department.
Two years later, in 1997, Clark returned to the city's employment as an equipment operator in the water department, where he stayed until 2007, thereafter briefly going to work as a lineman for Tri-County Electric. In 2008, Clark returned to the city's employment as the public works director, a position he held until his recent elevation to city manager.
In addition to his many skills and extensive knowledge of city operations, Clark has earned several specialized certifications and has taken managerial training courses.