The Oshkosh Common Council has completed their annual evaluation of City Manager Mark Rohloff and it appears he’s in line for a $3,500 bonus.
Councilors met in closed session to discuss and evaluate Rohloff based on elements of the city’s strategic plan and the five goals they gave Rohloff to accomplish in 2012. Each goal was worth a $1,000 bonus if completed–proportionately less based on his progress–for a potential total bonus of $5,000. Here’s their assessment of how he did:
1. Develop a tracking system for the Oshkosh Transit System – $1,000
2. Develop a plan that centralizes economic development in Oshkosh – $1,000
3. Update and implement new zoning regulations and codes – $250
4. Develop and implement an updated strategic plan – $1,000
5. Develop and implement wage and job classification plans that include a funded pay-for-performance plan – $250
You can take a look at the complete evaluation and some generalized council comments here. The partial credit on the new zoning regs and codes ties into the city’s ongoing efforts to develop and implement basic residential design standards. The partial credit on the job classification plan and pay-for-performance is based on the need to implement P4P for all city employees.
It seems likely this will pass very easily considering the same seven people who came up with the evaluation will be asked to formally adopt their decision when they meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22.
The bonus represents a lump-sum payment that does not increase Rohloff’s base salary or benefits package.
The same format is in place for Rohloff’s 2013 goals, too: A potential total bonus of $5,000 for five goals:
1. Work with public and private stakeholders to implement an integrated economic development approach – $1,500
2. Develop and recommend a plan to finance a long-term healthy neighborhoods program – $1,000
3. Create a coordinated plan to facilitate the traffic flow from Highway 41 to the central city area – $1,000
4. Develop, present, implement and budget a pay-for-performance program for all city employees – $750
5. Work with the council to develop a new budget process by April 30 so it can be fully implemented for the 2014 budget process – $750.
The $1,500 attached to the economic development project is a sign of its importance and the size of the task Rohloff faces. But it, and the pay-for-performance plan, are far from big surprises.
The traffic plan to connect the 41 corridor to both south and north side downtown business districts is likely to raise more than a few eyebrows and pose quite a challenge for Rohloff. Consider that Oshkosh boasts business districts on Ohio, Oregon and North Main streets, it’ll sure be interesting to see if he can come up with one route and how he proposes to make it the focal point for traffic. Incidentally, this is likely the brainchild of Councilor Jef Hall, who has talked about the need for such a coordinated route since he first ran for council several years ago.
The order to revamp the budget process is a sign of councilors’ frustration with getting a budget in early October and being expected to vote on it by late November. During budget workshops in 2011 and 2012, several councilors openly expressed frustration with Rohloff and Finance Director Peggy Steeno for not getting them a budget earlier in the year, especially when the budget proposed staff cuts and furloughs to some key departments.