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Staton's 2013 sick leave extended in lieu of bonus

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Upper Arlington City Council last week extended City Manager Ted Staton's 2013 sick leave by two weeks.

Rather than provide a performance bonus in the way of extra pay, council agreed Nov. 12 to authorize two additional weeks of paid time off for the city manager.

The action came following Staton's second major surgery of 2013, an Oct. 22 kidney and pancreas transplant, which kept him away from his office at the Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center for three weeks.

He also was on paid leave from Feb. 23 to April 1 after undergoing and recovering from heart bypass surgery to address coronary artery disease.

Both surgeries, Staton said, were the result of his 35-year battle with diabetes.

The transplants he received last month mean he will no longer require daily dialysis or insulin.

Upper Arlington Community Affairs Director Emma Speight said Nov. 14 that Staton declined comment on his performance bonus.

Council's approval of additional sick leave came as part of an annual performance evaluation of the city manager, who currently is paid $183,600 base salary. He will receive a 1-percent raise Jan. 1, per the terms of his contract.

Council also evaluates Upper Arlington City Attorney Jeanine Amid Hummer and Cathe Armstrong, the city's director of finance and administrative services, each year.

"Even when Ted has been out sick, he still continues to work," Councilman John Adams said. "I think this is entirely justified."

The action came following an approximately 40-minute executive session that no members of the public could attend -- expect for Kip Greenhill, who is expected to begin his first term on council in January, based on unofficial results from the Nov. 5 election.

Aside from Councilman Erik Yassenoff, who was out of the country Nov. 12, council passed the measure unanimously.

"We're permitted to provide a performance bonus," Upper Arlington Mayor and Council President Don Leach said. "In addition, his contract calls for a 1-percent increase (annually).

"We're very pleased with his performance. We meet with him monthly. He's done an extraordinary job of communicating with us about the issues of the city."

Last year, council voted unanimously to give Staton a 1-percent performance bonus in addition to the 1-percent salary increase he received Jan. 1.

Staton was hired as Upper Arlington's city manager in July 2011. His current contract runs through Dec. 31, 2014.

Prior to Upper Arlington, Staton was city manager in East Lansing, Mich.

Per his Upper Arlington contract, Staton receives five weeks of vacation each year.

According to information provided by the city, he took 92 sick-day hours off work between Jan. 1 and Oct. 30 this year. That did not include time taken between Oct. 31 through at least Nov. 12.

Additionally, he had used 200 hours of Family Medical Leave Act paid leave from work this year, as of Oct. 30.

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