Cape Gazette

Rehoboth hires city manager

Sharon Lynn to take the reins Jan. 6
By Ryan Mavity | Dec 03, 2013
Source: Submitted The Rehoboth Beach commissioners unanimously approved an employment agreement for Sharon Lynn to become the next city manager. The former Provincetown, Mass. town manager will officially take over Monday, Jan. 6.

Rehoboth Beach — The Rehoboth Beach commissioners unanimously approved Sharon Lynn as Rehoboth’s new city manager.

Lynn, formerly town manager of Provincetown, Mass., will start Monday, Jan. 6. Retiring City Manager Greg Ferrese, who will officially retire Thursday, Dec. 5, will stay on as acting city manager until Lynn takes over. Lynn was not present at the Dec. 2 special commissioners’ meeting when the agreement was approved.

Commissioner Stan Mills said Lynn was the best fit for the city. The city received 100 applications for the job, and Mills said Lynn, who has been Provincetown’s town manager for seven years, stood out above all the rest for her experience in a town comparable to Rehoboth.

Lynn said she was excited to begin and that Rehoboth is a good fit for her.

City Solicitor Glenn Mandalas, who served as the city’s point man in drafting the agreement, said she seemed eager to accept the opportunity in Rehoboth and was very easy to negotiate with.

“She’s looking forward to this relationship,” Mandalas said.

Originally from the Philadelphia area, Lynn, 59, said she vacationed in Rehoboth all the time when she served as both a police officer and town manager in West Goshen Township, Pa. She said the city's search firm, Novak Consulting group, contacted her about the position and she decided to apply. Lynn said she thought the time was right to make the switch.

The resolution approved by the commissioners is not so much a contract as it is an employment agreement. The relationship between Lynn and the city is on an “at will” basis meaning there is no term or length of employment. It also means, either side can end the relationship. Lynn will be paid $120,000 in base salary, $21,000 less than the reported $141,000 she made in Provincetown.

The total compensation was higher than the city’s targeted range of $90,000 to $110,000. At the Dec. 2 meeting, Mayor Sam Cooper expressed displeasure over the salary, saying it exceeded what he expected to spend. However, he said he was satisfied with the choice of Lynn to fill the shoes of Ferrese, who is retiring after 31 years.

The agreement also includes vacation time, paid holidays, health and dental insurance and $15,000 of deferred compensation in a 457(b), a tax-deferred retirement savings plan for government employees similar to a 401(k) for private employees. As part of the agreement, Lynn must reside in Sussex County within 10 miles of Rehoboth.

The city will reimburse Lynn up to $5,000 for relocating to Rehoboth. Lynn said she plans to look for a home when she arrives; until then, she said she has temporary accommodations worked out.

The only discussion came when Mills suggested codifying that Lynn should give a minimum of 60 days notice before resigning. However, that suggestion was rejected after Commissioner Bill Sargent and Cooper said the city should not further negotiate an agreement both sides have already agreed to.

Commissioners Lorraine Zellers and Mark Hunker said it was important for the commissioners to put Lynn in a position to succeed.

Hunker said, “It’s our onus to make sure that we make this choice successful.”

"I know I have very big shoes to fill. If I can be as good as city manager as Greg, then I'll be happy," Lynn said. I'm very anxious to start."

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