Interim City Manager Agreement

by on Sep.24, 2021, under Uncategorized

MARQUETTE – The City of Marquette and Karen Kovacs have entered into a contract agreement for Kovacs to become the City`s next manager. At its May 10 meeting, the Marquette City Commission voted unanimously to offer the manager position to Kovacs, who was one of six finalists for the position. Kovacs succeeds current city manager Mike Angeli, who will retire on June 1. Contract negotiations between the city and Kovacs began after the May 10 meeting and an agreement was recently reached between the two sides. At Monday`s Commission meeting, the Commission voted 7-0 in favor of appointing Kovacs as the city`s next manager. Kovacs was previously a municipal administrator for the state of Milan, a city of 5,800 people in Washtenaw and Monroe counties, a role she held for nearly two years. She was also Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for Milan for nearly four years. The pool of six finalists, including two internal candidates, deputy city manager Sean Hobbins and CFO Gary Simpson, was ultimately limited to two, Kovacs and John Kramer of Aurora, Illinois. The city was to bring Kovacs and Kramer to a second interview before Kramer withdrew from the search due to unknown circumstances. The Commission also voted 7-0 to allow Hobbins as acting city manager from Angeli`s retirement until Kovacs entered his role on June 7. Hobbins was recommended by Angeli for the role and will receive from June 1 to June 6 a salary increase equivalent to 50% of the difference between the city manager`s current salary and the city`s deputy city manager`s salary, the city`s documents read.

“I cannot express the honour this represents for this great opportunity to serve as the next city manager,” Kovacs said at the Commission`s May 10 meeting. “It was not an easy decision to leave Milan, but I am going on an absolutely wonderful occasion to a wonderful city. I can say that with the retirement of City Manager Mike Angeli, there are some big shoes to fill, and I certainly admire and appreciate the time and the thorough process that you (Smith) and the Commission have undertaken to make this decision. I understand that there are so many qualified candidates and I admire each and every one of them. Kovacs` launch date is June 7 and its first term runs until September 30, 2022. Kovacs will earn a base salary of US$125,000 per year, as well as $50,000 in at-risk life insurance, an annual car allowance of US$6,000 and the same package of ancillary benefits that municipal division leaders receive, municipal documents read. A subcommittee consisting of Commissioners Fred Stonehouse, Sally Davis and Cody Mayer was appointed on May 10 by Mayor Jenna Smith to negotiate contract details with Kovacs. “I look forward to working with all services and staff and you as a Commission to continue this great progress and momentum that has already begun. Thank you for this opportunity, and I can`t wait to get started, to work and to be in such a beautiful and bright community.¬†Prior to Milan, Kovacs worked as a professional state accounting consultant for Plante & Moran PLLC. She graduated with a degree in accounting and a high school subject in applied technology in economics from Oakland University.

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