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April 1, 2014

Long to leave Oneonta city manager job on May 30

Common Council approves separation agreement

ONEONTA —

The Oneonta Common Council tonight unanimously approved a separation agreement with Michael H. Long, Oneonta's first city manager.

Long, 57, will continue working as city manager until May 30, when he will retire.

Long read a letter at tonight's Common Council meeting, setting his retirement date and listing projects accomplished in the city during his tenure.

Long became city manager Oct. 1, 2012, at a salary of $115,000.

Last week, a source at City Hall said that Long's standing with the Common Council was in doubt and his job was in jeopardy.

On Thursday, Mayor Dick Miller issued a statement announcing Long's intention to retire after inquiries were made by The Daily Star, but he and Long withheld further comment until tonight's meeting.

Copies of the undisclosed and undistributed separation agreement would be available to anyone who would file a Freedom of Information Law request, Miller said.

Long didn't ask for or receive a golden parachute, Miller said.

Also during the meeting tonight, Miller read a statement thanking Long for his work and saying that the city immediately will begin the process of a search for another city manager.

Meg Hungerford, Oneonta director of finance and acting city manager, will take on Long's responsibilities May 30 until Long's successor is appointed, Miller said.

The mayor, council members and some other city officials gave Long a standing ovation tonight after the formal statements were delivered.

The position of city manager, with duties including day-to-day operations and fiscal management, was created in a revised city charter approved by voters in November 2011.

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