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April 3, 2014

Mayor: Replacing Long as manager could take months

The city of Oneonta faces a series of questions as it begins the search to find its second city manager, the mayor said Wednesday.

Michael H. Long, 57, Oneonta’s first city manager, will retire May 30. On Tuesday, the Common Council approved a separation agreement for Long, which he signed.

Long joined the city Oct. 1, 2012, at a salary of $115,000 in a newly created city manager position established in a revised City Charter adopted by voters in 2011.

The city manager’s responsibilities include day-to-day operations and fiscal management of the city to allow the mayor and council to focus on policy. According to the charter, the city manager serves at the pleasure of the council.

Last week, Long, whose standing with the Common Council was in doubt and his job in jeopardy, told Mayor Dick Miller that he would retire, which led to talks about terms and effective dates.

An eight-page, double-spaced separation agreement defines Long’s departure and gives employment details until retirement, among other legal provisions.

Long determined that it was in his best interests to retire from his city manager position, according to the document, and there was mutual agreement between him and the city that he “do so pursuant to the separation agreement.”

Some other points in the separation agreement include:

• Long shall continue in his role as Oneonta city manager until the end of the business day May 29 and retire effective May 30, the agreement said. Long will be paid his regular salary through May 29, and a final paycheck will be issued June 6.

• No later than June 6, the city shall pay Long for unused and accumulated sick, vacation, holiday and personal leave days, the agreement said.

• Effective May 30 through Aug. 31, Long and his spouse will be entitled to the continuation of health, dental and vision insurance coverage under current plans with the city at his current rate of contribution. Long’s contributions for June, July and August will be deducted from his final paycheck.

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