Star Valley Council To Vote On Town Manager Contract

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The Star Valley Town Council will meet tonight to vote on the contract for a new town manager.

Interim Town Manager Diane McDaniel said the voting on the contract, which would be a prelude to the hiring of Vito Tedeschi, appears to be a formality.

She said all of the items in the contact have been worked out between Tedeschi and town attorney Timothy Grier.

McDaniel said Tedeschi chose not to attend tonight's meeting because he thought it would be better if a member of the council wanted to speak out against him or the contract without him being present.

The interim town manager said she has not heard any negative feedback on Tedeschi from anyone who has met or been associated with him.

"I think he will do a good job for the town," she said.

Tedeschi would begin working as the Star Valley town manager on Nov. 6.

The contract calls for Tedeschi to earn $70,720 annually, and runs for two years.

Included in the contract is three weeks of paid vacation every year and 18 sick days a year or 1.5 days a month. He also will be given a town vehicle to use for Star Valley business, a retirement plan and a general business expense.

If for some reason the council were to terminate Tedeschi -- if he is hired -- he will be given a three-month severance package or three months of his annual salary.

Councilor Mary Ann Kotelnicki said she considers the term of the contract to be a "sweetheart deal," especially since the candidate is already collecting benefits from the Arizona Retirement System.

A message left for Mayor Chuck Heron on Monday was not returned.

The Star Valley Town Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Star Valley Baptist Church.

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