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Frank Lewis


PDT Staff Writer


When Derek Allen assumes the position of Portsmouth City Manager on Jan. 1, he will be collecting a salary of $105,000 a year. But a closer look at the contract shows some additional benefits built-in. In addition to his annual base salary of $105,000, Allen will receive health, disability and life insurance benefits, and will be entitled to accrue all unused leave, “without limit,” and in the event his contract is terminated, either voluntarily or involuntarily, he will also be compensated for all accrued vacation time.


In addition, Allen will be given the sum of $2,500 a year payable in equal monthly installments of $208.33 as a vehicle allowance to be used to purchase, lease, or own, operate and maintain a vehicle, meaning a private vehicle. He will, however, be responsible for paying for liability, property damage, an comprehensive insurance coverage and he will be responsible for all expenses attendant to the purchase, operation, maintenance, repair and regular replacement of that vehicle.


Allen will also be provided a cell phone which he will be required to utilize in the performance of his job and to maintain communication.


What may be the most interesting section of the contract is Section 10 titled “Severance.” “If the employee is terminated, for any reason other than for cause as defined herein, the employer shall provided a minimum severance payment equal to six months salary at the current rate of pay. Severance shall be paid in a lump sum unless otherwise agreed to by employer and employee. Severance shall also include accrued vacation time.”


Those grounds of termination or discipline may include, but are not limited to, misconduct, insubordination or lack of cooperation, possession, use, sale of, or being under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance on work premises during work hours; poor or inadequate performance; incompetency or inability to perform the duties of the position; bribery; neglect of duty; abuse of city property; removing city property without prior written authorization; falsification of employment application or other personnel records; falsifying city reports or records; conviction of any crime (other than a minor misdemeanor); conduct involving theft, dishonesty or moral turpitude; improper physical or verbal harassment; disrespect or improper treatment toward fellow employees, visitors or other members of the public; any act or omission amounting to misfeasance, malfeasance or nonfeasance; failure to obtain and/or maintain job qualifications; violation of any city policy, procedure tule or regulation; unsatisfactory attendance, abuse and/or failure to reasonably make up any sick leave; or any other failure of good behavior. Upon a termination of the agreement for cause, he will not be entitled to any further wages or benefits.


Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Frank on Twitter @FrankLewisPDT.

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