Gerald Smith

Maquoketa City Manager Gerald Smith continues to work under the terms of his initial contract after the city council put off discussion about it Monday night.

With no discussion, the council voted 6-0 to table action on Smith’s contract.

The council Nov. 5 failed 3-3 to approve a proposed new contract for Smith, who was hired in 2017. 

Council members Erica Barker, Josh Collister and Ron Horan voted against the contract’s approval. Jessica Kean, Jacob Baker and Mark Lyon voted to approve the contract. Kevin Kuhlman did not attend the meeting.

Only councilmen who missed the Nov. 5 meeting or who voted not to approve the contract (Kuhlman, Barker, Collister and Horan) could ask the council to reconsider it. Kuhlman asked for the contract to be placed on the Dec. 3 agenda for discussion and reconsideration.

On Monday night, Kuhlman made the motion to table action on the contract.

The entire council should be present to vote on the city manager’s contract, Mayor Don Schwenker said Tuesday, referring to Councilman Mark Lyon’s absence from Monday night’s meeting.

The city agreed to pay Smith $110,000 a year when he was hired in 2017. The rejected contract proposed a 3.25 percent salary increase, or $113,575, retroactive to July 1. Then, Smith’s salary would have jumped $7,500 to $121,075 beginning Nov. 1.

The city manager also annually would have received 160 hours of vacation on his anniversary date, with up to 40 hours of carryover pending council approval.