By Jill Fox
After extensive search efforts, a myriad of candidates, and months of discussions, the city of Parkland has approved a contract for their new city manager.
Through a recruiting effort by Slavin Management Consultants, the mayor and commissioners were searching for a top-quality candidate, skilled in performance measurement, with highly effective communication skills who would keep them all informed with unfiltered information. The cost of the search was $22,259.25.
On October 29, the commission voted 3-2 for interim city manager, Nancy Morando, to serve permanently as the city manager of Parkland over four finalists who interviewed for the position: three of which had made it into the semifinals through the efforts of the recruiter who narrowed them down from a sea of 51 applicants. Morando, submitted her application later after the commission had named finalists.
On December 4, the commission agreed to Morando’s new contract with an annual salary of $195,000.
Her package will also include medical, dental, optical, life insurance coverage, a $600 monthly automobile allowance, as well as a cellphone and laptop for use on city business. She will receive the same vacation, sick leave, and personal time as in her previous position as interim city manager.
If Morando achieves the set performance goals and objectives, she will receive a three percent annual salary increase — the same as given to city employees.
The city will contribute to two defined contribution plans for Morando —17 percent of her annual salary to an ICMA 401, and the IRS’ maximum allowable contribution to an ICMA 457.
In case of early termination, Morando would receive an additional 20 weeks severance pay.
Besides acting as the interim city manager since January 2019, Morando worked as the assistant city manager and finance director. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami in finance.
Morando feels the shift to full city manager is a modest one, and she is humbled by the opportunity and fully committed to the residents, the commission, and the employees.
She said, “Parkland isn’t just where I work; it’s where I live and have raised my family. I’m excited about our future.”