City Manager, Attorney Approved For Pay Raise

City Manager Frank Babinec and City Attorney John J. Hearn.

By Bryan Boggiano

City Manager Frank Babinec and City Attorney John J. Hearn will each receive a three-percent pay raise. 

The raise comes after the city commission gave them rave reviews at their Oct. 20 meeting in each of their annual evaluations, saying that each “exceeded expectations.”

For Babinec, his salary will increase from $271,575 to roughly $279,720. Hearn’s salary will increase from $280,364 to about $288,770. 

Babinec started his role in Dec. 2019, right before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

The commission credited both Babinec and Hearn for helping them through challenges throughout the pandemic.

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“It made me reflect that you were absolutely the right person at the right time to lead us,” Cerra said. 

Commissioners also credited Babinec for creating a culture of transparency, open communication, and proactivity.

His accomplishments include maintaining a triple AAA bond rating with two of the city’s three rating agencies, securing over $7 million in grant funding, earning three Telly Awards, and revamping the city’s website.

According to commissioners, there were almost 15 pages worth of accomplishments from Babinec and his staff.

“You’re not just a city manager; you are a city leader,” said Mayor Scott Brook.

In Hearn’s review, the commission applauded Hearn for giving them advice, listening and responding to residents, and making the law easy to understand. They also praised him for being open, accessible, and respectful. Mayor Brook referred to him as “The Great Protector.”

Commissioner Metayer noted that although Babenic and Hearn continue to work hard for the city, it was vital for them to rest. She discussed allotting more vacation time to recharge.

“You cannot work on an empty cup,” Metayer said. “Self-care is important.”

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Bryan Boggiano
A University of Florida journalism graduate, Bryan is pursuing his masters in geosciences at Florida International University. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment, and journalism.

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