UPDATE — Roy Eckert has signed and delivered the agreement via e-mail at 3:30 p.m. today to the city of Wellington office making him the new Wellington City Manager. The following account was written before he did so. We have also interviewed Eckert and hope to have second part of this two-part series with his interview completed on Thursday.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The ball is now in Roy “Rick” Eckert’s court. Or maybe the better descriptive term would be “ballpoint” pen.
The Wellington City Council voted 5-1 Tuesday evening approving a resolution to offer a city manager contract to Eckert, the former county manager at Montrose County. Now the only thing standing between Eckert and the city council is him signing the contract.
The contract, if signed, will go into effect on Nov. 10 and terminate at the end of the day on Dec. 31, 2016. The agreement shall be automatically updated on an annual basis unless notice to terminate the agreement is given at least 45 days before the expiration date.
Wellington Interim City Manager Shane Shields provided the total compensation package for Eckert which includes a base salary of $100,000, $500 a month for car allowance, $210 a month for health benefits allowance, and $100 a month for cell phone compensation package.
The comparison of Eckert’s agreement as compared to former city manager Gus Collins contract final agreement before resigning in May is as follows: