Cottonwood Council approves evaluation forms for performance review

COTTONWOOD – Tuesday, Cottonwood City Council approved the use of a written evaluation form during the contract employees’ reviews, “just not the ones that were included in the packet which I took from the ICMA’s website,” said Mayor Tim Elinski in an email.

ICMA is the International City/County Management Association, which strives to advance professional local government worldwide.

Elinski, Vice Mayor Ruben Jauregui, and Council Member Karen Pfeifer voting in favor, and Council Members Deb Althouse and Linda Norman voting against.  Council Member Kyla Allen abstained from voting on the motion.

The Council unanimously approved continuing the contract employees’ evaluations in the same form as previous years’ evaluations for 2017.

--Jennifer Kucich

Council votes no on utilizing contract attorney

COTTONWOOD – Tuesday, City Council disapproved of utilizing the legal services of Justin Pierce to represent the council during the council’s contract employee reviews.

Mayor Tim Elinski and Vice Mayor Ruben Jauregui voted in favor of using Justin Pierce, with Council Members Kyla Allen, Deb Althouse, Linda Norman, and Karen Pfeifer voting against.

“Having an attorney represent council will empower council to make appropriate informed decisions about our contract employees, provide consistency in our evaluation process, and insure that our contracts are in keeping with the approved norm amongst Arizona municipalities.  There would be significant cost savings in approving a flat fee for all four contract employees, and the benefit of consistency in representation from a 3rd party,” stated the justification in the Council’s agenda.

Elinski said in an email that Council felt no legal representation would be needed during any contract employee evaluation and contract negotiation.

--Jennifer Kucich

Verde River State of the Watershed Conference receives $1,000 donation

COTTONWOOD – The Cottonwood City Council approved a city sponsorship of $1,000 for the Verde River State of the Watershed Conference on behalf the Friends of the Verde River during a regular meeting Tuesday.

At the regular Council meeting of Feb. 21, Laura Jones, the Outreach and Development Director, gave a presentation of the upcoming conference, “The Verde River State of the Watershed Conference” that is scheduled for May 10-11.

Friends of the Verde River requested that Council consider being a Partner Sponsor in the amount of $1,000.

--Jennifer Kucich

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KylaAllen 1 year, 7 months ago

Just wanted to provide a brief clarification on the statement, "Elinski said in an email that Council felt no legal representation would be needed during any contract employee evaluation and contract negotiation." The four city employees contracted with the city that serve at the "pleasure of the City Council" have a review annually, as well as a contract re-negotiation every few years. The council felt it was unnecessary to contract with an outside attorney for the amount of $3500, to be present during the review and/or renewal, when we have our own City Attorney, who is thought to be one of the best in the State. Furthermore, we though it unnecessary for his presence in the review and/or renewal process however, our own City Attorney will continue to review all upcoming contracts before they are signed by the council, and he is available, should questions come up in the review/renewal process, to respond to the councils needs to be present at future meetings at our discretion. Though the statement was technically accurate, I felt it was open to some interpretation and this elaboration would provide clarification.

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