Council chooses new city manager

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John Pick and his wife have a little under three months to pack up their lives and move from Maryland to the Denver area.

The Northglenn City Council unanimously approved a contract Monday, May 13, with Pick to be the new city manager. He begins work July 29.  

Only one council member made a comment before the vote. Marci Whitman, Ward III, commented on Pick being reimbursed by the city up to $15,000 for relocation costs.

“I had quite a bit of heartburn over the relocation but I spent the better part of the week researching costs of relocation just trying to get comfortable with that number,” she said. “The national average is $21,000 to move across country so that’s where I became OK with that.”  

Council interviewed Pick during a special meeting Monday, April 29. At that time, Pick said the first things he would like to tackle if he was hired were economic development and outdated infrastructure.

“One of the most glaring problems I’ve seen was the police department needs a new home,” he said. “It is pretty obvious the police department has outgrown the facility here.”

Council asked Pick his opinion on eminent domain and he said that he was not against using it if it was in the best interest of the community.

Pick’s annual salary will be $133,000.

In addition, he will have 232 hours of general leave (29 eight-hour work days) — he will be entitled to accrue all unused leave, without limit, and will be compensated for all unused leave time upon termination, regardless if he is fired or quits. The city will give Pick an annual car allowance of $3,600 and will provide him a cell phone and cell phone plan.

If council terminates Pick, he will receive a lump sum cash payment equal to six months of salary, unless he is terminated because he was convicted of any criminal act, then in that case, council is not obliged to pay any severance.

He won’t receive any severance if he voluntarily resigns.

Pick has been the city administrator for Salisbury, Md., since 1995. He has 28 years of experience working as a city manager, administrator or assistant manager — city manager of Fort Madison, Iowa, and assistant city manager in Jacksonville, N.C., and town manager of Hope Mills, N.C.

Pick earned his master of public administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Arizona.

Public Works Director David Willet has been acting as interim city manager since Bill Simmons retired at the end of 2012.

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