Lippmann hired; Wingo will stay on

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By Carolyn Ten Broeck, Editor


With minimal negotiations and a few concessions on both sides, the Williston City Council and its candidate for city manager came to terms last week.

Tuesday night, the final details were hammered out and Scott Lippmann became the city’s third city manager in three years.

Council voted to make Lippmann’s official start date Dec. 13 since he has been at city hall working closely with Dr. Oel Wingo, interim city manager, to ensure a smooth transition.

Lippmann will earn $70,000 initially and sometime prior to May 1 will be evaluated. If he scores a 3.0 or higher, he will receive a raise of $2,500.

Then prior to Oct. 1, he will have another evaluation and again, if he scores 3.0 or higher, will receiver another $2,500, for a total of $75,000.

The new city manager will then be evaluated annually.

The employment contract is open-ended and can be terminated by either party with 30 days notice.

However, the council must have a 4-1 “super majority” vote to terminate Lippmann.

This was put into place to ensure a new council couldn’t simply fire Lippmann in order to seat a hand-picked manager of their choice. (City elections are next spring and there are three seats up for grabs.)

By requiring the 4-1 vote, all five councilors must be at the meeting.

Lippmann’s contract also calls for severance pay after 30 days employment.

Wingo, who has been filling the void for the past six months in a consulting capacity agreed to stay on and work with Lippmann through Feb. 1.

 She will continue to be paid $5,000 a month for her services–the same amount she has been earning since July.