Riviera Beach approves city manager contract

RIVIERA BEACH The city council took the following action tonight. All votes were unanimous unless otherwise noted.

  • City manager contract: Approved in a 3-1 vote, with Council Chairwoman Dawn Pardo dissenting, a two-year contract with incoming City Manager Ruth Jones. Jones will start at an annual salary of $150,000 plus insurance benefits, pension contributions and a $500-a-month car allowance. She will receive a 7 percent salary increase if her six-month evaluation is satisfactory. Jones will receive six months' severance pay if terminated without cause and $15,000 for moving expenses. Jones is scheduled to begin work June 22.

    Ruth Jones

    (Ruth Jones, spent 10 years as assistant county administrator in Fulton County, Georgia, where the county seat is Atlanta.)


  • Workforce: Approved an agreement with the Workforce Alliance through which the city will employ young adults ages 18 to 24 from July 6 until Aug. 14. The Workforce Alliance will pay the workers' wages using federal stimulus money. The city will provide jobs and supervision.


  • West 23rd Street: Approved a $625,078 contract with Sun Up Enterprises to rebuild West 23rd Street between Avenue O and Avenue R.


  • Increased business fees: Occupational licenses fees were raised by 5 percent (effective July 1 for new businesses and Oct. 1 for existing businesses). Building permit fees will increase 20 percent, and land development application fees will increase 20 percent effective July 1.


  • Labor agreement: Approved a labor agreement with the International Union of Police Association and authorized the transfer of $155,421 from the general fund contingency account.