South Miami commissioners have voted to extend the contract of City Manager Steven Alexander.
Alexander’s contract, which ran from July 13, 2013, to July 31, 2015, will now expire in 2017.
“I think everything Mr. Alexander has done in the time that he has been here speaks for itself,” Commissioner Josh Liebman said at the commission’s May 20 meeting. “In addition to Mr. Alexander, I want to thank the mayor for recommending Mr. Alexander and encouraging that he apply. He’s been a great asset to the city.”
The contract calls for a salary of $175,000 for this year, with $5,000 annual raises for each of the next two years. Alexander, in turn, agreed to not apply for or accept any employment from other local municipalities.
“It’s really gratifying to have that much support from the commission,” Alexander said. “It has been a challenging position, but I think we are making a lot of progress in straightening the city out. I’m really happy to have a solid team of commissioners to help make things happen for the better of South Miami.”
Liebman proposed the resolution after Mayor Philip Stoddard noticed other cities might want to hire Alexander.
“I brought this up two months ago because I was concerned about something in particular,” Stoddard said at the meeting. “I was watching a number of city manager positions vacating. I was noticing municipalities in South Florida taking a keen interest in our city manager. A number contacted him and contacted me. It was time for us to consider the option of taking the time to retain Mr. Alexander.”
The commission also unanimously voted to pass a resolution entering a two-year contract with Downtown Towing, which won in a bid against Southland Towing. Alexander ended South Miami’s agreement with Southland Towing, which once belonged to Sweetwater’s former mayor, Manuel Maroño , in November after learning that the FBI was investigating the company.