The last item on Monday evening’s city council agenda overshadowed the entire meeting.

The last item on Monday evening’s city council agenda overshadowed the entire meeting. Long-time Montevideo City Manager Steve Jones tendered his resignation, effective as of tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 7).

Jones’ letter of resignation, as included in the agenda item packet, simply stated: “I hereby resign my employment with the City of Montevideo.”

The resignation of Jones, who was not present at Monday evening’s council meeting, was unexpected. At one recent council meeting, Jones had stated that he had no immediate intentions of retiring. At another recent meeting, the council directed Jones and Assistant City Manager Angie Steinbach to work out “terms of succession.”

In accepting Jones resignation, the council considered two separate agreements, the first being a Retirement Agreement. According to that agreement, Jones will receive the following:

• Wages in the amount of $64,215.36 in a lump sum, which is subject to taxes and withholdings for a net of $40,167.05.

• Payment to a tax-sheltered annuity plan in the amount of $6,614.18 lump sum which is also subject to payroll taxes and withholdings.

• Payment for 384 unused and accrued vacation hours in the amount of $20,751, and 266.67 sick leave hours in the amount of $14,411, at his normal rate of pay subject to payroll taxes and withholdings. Payment will be made to Jones’ health care savings plan.

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