First pick for County Manager backs out of negotiations
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CREATED Jun. 18, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Lee County's first choice for the next county manager is now cutting off contract negotiations.
The bottom line, Joyce Wilson, the county commissions' top pick for the job, decided she just didn't want to take a pay cut; especially, since the city of el paso sweetened the deal to make her stay.
Cecil Pendergrass got the e-mail from joyce wilson just an hour before this mornings commission meeting.
with a 40-thousand dollar gap in their negotiations over salary, wilson said she's out!
Pendergrass said "of course my feeling was..you knew what the salary was here, you obviously knew what our budget was and with our deficit.
Pendergrass will start negotiations with the number two pick for the job, Roger Desjarlais, the assistant Lee County property appraiser.
That meeting starts Wednesday at 10 am.
Desjarlais said "I'm going to make it easy for the commission. I'm not interested in the same things the other candidate was."
Desjarais doesn't foresee a lot of negotiating over salary and severance packages.
In fact most of the commissioners wouldn't be surprised if an agreement is reached within the next 24 hours.
Commissioner Larry Kiker said "we call them shovel ready projects. but this man is ready to come to work and role up his sleeves."
Commissioner Frank Mann thinks the county is in a very good position if Dejarlais takes the top spot.
He added that "Roger Dejarlais is a top notch candidate with a splendid record both here and eight years in Broward County thats some kind of a miracle to have achieved that."
As Broward County manager, Desjarlais coordinated with 32 cities, 1.7 million citizens and 6,700 employees.
After he retired from that position he moved to Fort Myers to be near his grandchildren.