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Leesburg Council, Alexander finalize contract

Bob Alexander has been selected to become Leesburg’s first city manager. (Albany Herald file photo)

Bob Alexander has been selected to become Leesburg’s first city manager. (Albany Herald file photo)

LEESBURG — When Bob Alexander takes over as city manager in Leesburg on Oct. 28, there’s one issue he won’t have to face — being compared to his predecessors.

There are none.

Alexander will become Leesburg’s first city manager, replacing a system in which the mayor and City Council members were much more hands-on than in most small town governments.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Alexander said. “I think we can do a lot of good things in the future.”

Alexander and the City Council finalized the employment contract Tuesday night, although council members already had announced that Alexander was their choice.

The contract calls for Alexander to be paid $75,000 annually. Council stipulated that they would evaluate Alexander after six months on the job. At that point, a salary increase of $5,000 will be considered.

When the job was posted, the listed salary range was $50,000-$80,000.

Alexander, currently director of planning and engineering for Lee County, also will receive a $500 monthly auto allowance. The city also will cover professional dues and subscriptions, pay for travel and expenses for training, and match his contributions to a retirement program up to 5 percent of his salary.

Leesburg City Attorney Bert Gregory presented council members with an ordinance that expands the city’s charter to provide specific duties for the new city manager.

The changes, among other things, notes that all city employees now report to Alexander, and that employees should direct issues to him and not go directly to council members, Gregory said.