Panama City Commission Terminates City Manager's Contract

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - After 13 years with the City of Panama City, City Manager Jeff Brown is no longer employed at city hall.

City commissioners voted unanimously to terminate Brown's employment agreement during a special meeting Thursday afternoon. 

Brown called the meeting himself to submit his letter of resignation to the city commission.

But instead of accepting his resignation, Commissioner Jenna Flint Haligas called a motion to terminate Brown's contract, and commissioners unanimously voted to terminate it.

This meeting comes after Brown spent last week interviewing for the City Manager's position in Plant City.

Brown applied for the job to be closer to his family, but did not get the position.
Mayor Brudnicki said these are two factors that led to the commission's decision.

"He's got some issues in his life that he needs to deal with with his family so based on him seeking employment somewhere else we just felt it was best for the city to go in a different direction," Mayor Brudnicki said.

By terminating his contract, instead of accepting his resignation, commissioners triggered a severance package clause in Brown's contract, which means he will walk away with 20-weeks pay, instead of 6-weeks.

Mayor Brudnicki said the city plans to launch an extensive search for Brown's replacement.

"Jared Jones is going to be our Interim City Manager at least up until the next meeting, and then we're going to convene and go through a process to find someone else to lead the city."

They will begin that search at their next meeting February 13.

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