Pickerington City Council unanimously approved a one-year contract extension for City Manager Bill Vance at its June 18 meeting.
The contract extension will run from Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2014. It also comes with a $10,000 raise, which will increase Vance's salary from $110,000 to $120,000 per year.
City Council has the option to approve two additional one-year contract renewals that could secure Vance's tenure with Pickerington through Dec. 31, 2016.
Pickerington Mayor Lee Gray, charged with executing the employment agreement, said Vance has improved the city's operations "by hiring the right people to be part of 'Team Pickerington.' "
"(He) understands his role as city manager and is excelling at it," Gray said.
"He understands the importance of customer service."
Vance expressed his gratitude for the support from City Council.
"Receiving a 7-0 vote from council to extend my city manager contract through 2014 is a vote of confidence that I sincerely appreciate and will continue to reward with dedicated service to the city of Pickerington," Vance said.
He said his raise reflects a commitment by both Gray and City Council to establish a city manager salary amount that is more competitive regionally.
"The city of Pickerington has over the last three years established one of the most productive and professional local workforces in central Ohio," said Vance, adding throughout that time frame the city has chosen to compensate "positions" rather than individual employees.
"If any city employee fails to routinely reward Pickerington with a positive professional performance then the city of Pickerington has a competitive regional salary in place to attract an experienced and talented replacement," Vance said.
He said the city finds itself in an enviable position moving forward "with a seasoned professional staff" serving City Council and Mayor Gray.
Vance said the goals of "Team Pickerington" over the next couple of years will be focused on the negotiation of responsible development activities and the completion of "numerous ongoing water, sewer, storm water infrastructure improvements."
He also cited the need for city staff to successfully support the $6 million Ohio Department of Transportation-administered safety and transportation improvements to state Route 256, which will commence work in 2015.
Keeping the city clean and "maintaining amongst the highest levels of local government customer service and professional accountability practices in central Ohio" will also remain a priorities, Vance said.