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Earnest contract talk Monday


The Haines Borough Personnel Committee will meet at 1 p.m. Monday to discuss manager Mark Earnest’s contract.

The assembly voted at its Jan. 22 meeting to forward Earnest’s contract to the committee for review, after voting to give Earnest a “satisfactory” evaluation and extend his contract until June 2014.

Assembly members Joanne Waterman, Steve Vick and Norm Smith comprise the personnel committee. Earnest is also on the committee.  

Committee chair Waterman said the entire contract will be reviewed. Regardless of whether committee members propose alterations or not, the contract will be forwarded to the assembly for approval, Waterman said.

Earnest’s leave package will certainly be discussed, Smith said. “I’m concerned about the number of days off. We’re paying more and more for less work,” he said.

According to his current $108,000 contract, Earnest may take 48 paid days off per year, not including 11 paid holidays: 25 days in annual leave (also referred to as vacation time), five in executive leave, two in personal leave and 16 in sick days.

Smith also said he would rather discuss the contract terms, at least initially, without Earnest present. “I don’t want him there. That’s my personal opinion,” he said.

Waterman said she doesn’t have any specific concerns with Earnest’s contract at this point. “I was on the assembly that accepted that contract. I don’t see anything glaring right now,” she said.

Vick did not return calls for comment.

The assembly voted unanimously in January 2012 to renew Earnest’s contract for 18 months with a 2 percent salary increase. Earnest resigned several months later, then withdrew his resignation.


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