By Amy Joles
CARO — Monday’s village council meeting in Milford could determine the future employment status of Caro City Manager Brent Morgan.
Morgan was offered the manager’s job in Milford, a village in southwest Oakland County.
According to Milford’s Interim Village Manager/Clerk Deborah Frazer, the Milford Council has Morgan’s contract on their regular meeting agenda Monday.
“At our next meeting, council will approve his contract and he can sign off on it and get started,” said Deborah Frazer. “I’m not sure if he will be here or we will take the contract to him.”
Morgan has been employed as the city manager of Caro since April 2010.
After narrowing down the candidates to their top four, the Milford Village Council voted unanimously to offer Morgan the job at their Sept. 17 meeting.
“He has basically everything they are looking for,” she said.
Frazer said the council was impressed with Morgan’s involvement with a village-to-city transition, Downtown Development Authority and the fact that he has served as an assistant city manager and then worked his way up to a city manager’s spot.
For the past two weeks, Morgan and Milford officials have been in contract negotiations, as reported in several Oakland County newspapers.
“The village’s original offer was an annual salary of $78,000 and 30 days severance pay, but Frazer said that Morgan counter-offered with an $84,000 salary and 180 days of severance pay,” according to Spinal Column, an Oakland County newspaper. “The Village Council answered with an offer of an $80,000 annual salary, along with 30 days severance for the first six months followed by 60 days afterwards, which Frazer said Morgan has agreed to accept.”
If Morgan inks the pact that Milford is poised to approve Monday, he will fill the vacancy left by Arthur Shufflebarger, who died in June after serving as the village manager since 1990. Frazer has served as the interim manager and clerk since Shufflebarger’s unexpected death.
“It’s been a challenge. I think I might take some time off when he (Morgan) gets here,” she told the Advertiser.
Morgan was contacted by the Advertiser and refused comment on two different occasions.
The Caro City Council’s next regular meeting is 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Amy Joles is the editor of the Tuscola County Advertiser. She can be reached at email@example.com.