Documents made public today by the City of Clinton show a $110,000 annual salary for the new city manager, William Ed Cannon.
The city manager's employment contract (12 pages) and resume are public documents under the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act, and the documents were acquire by The Clinton Chronicle. The first day of employment in Clinton for Cannon, 67, was Jan. 2, and he had his first official meeting with the Clinton City Council on Monday.
The contract outlines providing a vehicle, mileage for personal vehicle, insurance and retirement, and accrued time off. It requires an annual evaluation of his salary by the employer, and "any adjustments, if any, to such compensation as it deems appropriate." Cannon's resume shows 5 references, two people in Wildwood, Fla., and two people in Kentucky (Cannon was the city manager in Corbin).
About his time in Wildwood - managing more than 100 employees with a $28.15 million budget - Cannon writes:
"The City of Wildwood is a city of approximately 8,100 citizens. It measures about 4 miles east and west and about 17 miles north and south. During my tenure with the City of Wildwood, I have seen the city experience tremendous growth as the retirement community known as The Villages begins to expand into the city limits. The growth has created opportunities for the staff at the City of Wildwood. Development is happening quickly. Under my guidance, the staff has been able to not only keep up with day to day activities but also keep the additional projects moving forward.
"One of my main accomplishments has been to oversee the City of Wildwood's move from financial instability to a City that has reserves. I have accomplished this while the City has experienced an explosion of growth. In order to accomplish this feat, I worked diligently in obtaining $1.5 million in funding from the State of Florida Legislation. These funds have allowed the City to increase the infrastructure necessary due to growth without having to deplete the funds needed for the normal expenses.
"During my years at the City of Wildwood, I have changed the work atmosphere. One of the first challenges I tackled was to eradicate the single tunnel vision of each department. This was accomplished through smart hiring and training. Today, the City of Wildwood has department heads and departments that work together to resolve issues as they occur. Teamwork is no longer a foreign word."