The Sycamore City Council will decide Monday whether to renew the city’s contract with its city manager, Bill Nicklas.
Residents of DeKalb might well ask when the contract with its own city manager expires.
The answer is: Never.
3.07 CITY MANAGER.
a) Creation of Office. There is hereby created the office of City Manager, an administrative office of the City of DeKalb.
b) Appointment and Removal. The City Manager shall be appointed by the Mayor and Council voting jointly. The City Manager shall serve and hold office for an indefinite term at the pleasure of the majority of the Council. The City Manager shall be entitled to the benefits provided in this Chapter 3, unless additional benefits are approved by the City Council in an employment agreement. The City Council may approve an employment agreement with the City Manager that exceeds the term of the mayor holding office at the time the agreement is executed. The City Manager shall be appointed without regard to political or religious beliefs, and shall be chosen solely on the basis of executive and administrative qualifications, with special reference to training and actual experience in, and knowledge of, accepted practice in respect to the duties of the office as hereinafter set forth. At the time of appointment the City Manager need not be a resident of the City, but shall become a resident after taking office and shall reside in the City during the remainder of tenure.
The City Manager may be removed for cause at any time by a majority vote of the Mayor and Council voting jointly; provided, however, the City Manager shall not be removed from office during a period of 30 days following any regular city election. The action of the Mayor and Council in removing the City Manager shall be final. If the City Manager is terminated within two (2) years of appointment, the City will pay as severance a lump sum amount equal to twelve (12) months of the annual base salary. If the City Manager is terminated at some point subsequent to two (2) years following appointment, the City will pay as severance a lump sum amount equal to six (6) months of annual base salary. However, the City Manager will not be entitled to severance pay if termination of employment is for conviction of any law classified as a felony, for gross misconduct or for a willful violation of the DeKalb Municipal Code and/or a willful violation of the City of DeKalb Administrative Policies. (04-04)
Now for the contract itself.
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For the Chapter 3 benefits referred to in the contract, look to Section 3.40 and beyond.