Coral Springs City Manager Erdal Donmez has received a glowing review from the City Commission.
City officials were of the opinion that Donmez’s performance was substantially above expectations. Under normal circumstances, the rating would have given him a pay increase of 4.1 to 5 percent, but Donmez, whose current salary is $218,400, said he wouldn’t accept more than a 4-percent hike, which is what city staff has been granted this year.
Vice Mayor Larry Vignola credited Donmez with picking the right people to replace staff that had left the city. “We have lost some employees, but all the people you have hired always do an amazing job and impress me every time…It is amazing, the work done by city staff, and you are the CEO of the organization.”
“For those of you who don’t know, we have the best city manager I have ever talked to, seen or heard about,” said Commissioner Lou Cimaglia. “You walk through the city, and you see a smile on everybody’s face; that’s your leader.”
Commissioner Joy Carter said she was “very impressed.”
“I am concerned about all the money that we have been spending,” she said. “I would like us to be as conservative as possible but still rewarding.”
“I have seen what you have done,” said Mayor Skip Campbell, who added that the professionalism of staff was one of the major reasons for Hoerbiger choosing the city over Houston. “I am impressed with the professionalism of the entire staff.”
“I think the city is going in the right direction,” he said. “We have done a lot in the last year to improve the Corporate Park; getting Hoerbiger done was not an easy deal.”
Hoerbiger, a leading international manufacturer and supplier of compression valve systems for the natural gas industry worldwide, recently decided to make Coral Springs its home after initially considering consolidating its operations in Houston. The company will create 420 jobs.
Donmez likened the experience of working with a City commission that included three new members to an arranged marriage. “All of a sudden, you find yourself in the same place, and you work together and make sure that everything works well,” he said. “You respect one another and build camaraderie; that is what we have done.”
Donmez, who replaced former City Manager Mike Levinson in 2011, was initially given a three-year contract. A year after he took over, the City Commission amended the contract and extended it until November 2015. In 2013, Donmez, who had declined a pay raise the previous year, committed to being on board until 2018.
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