The City Council agreed to a contract with Jack Hamlett during a special, closed session Tuesday night at City Hall.
Hamlett will start the job with an annual base salary of $106,358.
The contract gives the council the right to terminate the agreement, “for cause,” at any time. But Hamlett must give the City Council 60 days written notice before the effective date of his resignation.
The agreement defines “for cause” as misfeasance or malfeasance in office, criminal conduct constituting a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, breach of the agreement by Hamlett or failure or refusal of the city manager to perform the duties of his office.
Mental or physical disability which could preclude Hamlett from performing his duties for four consecutive weeks beyond any accrued leave earned before the disability could also be grounds for termination.
If the employment contract is terminated during the first six months of employment, Hamlett will be paid only for his unused sick leave and vacation.
However, if the council chooses to terminate the contract after six months, the city will be obligated to pay equal sums amounting to six months of Hamlett’s base pay.
The agreement also includes a $500 monthly transportation allowance in consideration of Hamlett’s need for mobility within the city, and he will be reimbursed for the use of his personal vehicle outside the immediate region when conducting city business.
The city also will make payments to the Texas Municipal Retirement System in the same manner as provided other city employees.
In addition, Hamlett will maintain participation in his existing health insurance plan at no cost to the city.
Hamlett also will be entitled to three weeks of vacation a year.
The new city manager will receive $6,000 for moving and travel expenses incurred until he has established a home in Beeville.
Hamlett will replace Interim City Manager Martin Townsend.
He will be the third city manager to take the office since the council forced Ford Patton out of the job four years ago.
Patton was replaced by Tom Ginter, who was fired two years ago. Former city finance director Deborah Ballí replaced Ginter, and she was fired seven months ago.
Ginter was hired at $75,000 per year, as reported.
Ballí was hired at $94,808 per year.
Hamlett has served as city manager in Seguin and Rosenberg and, most recently, has been the interim city manager in Sinton.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.