Utility Head Will Be Tested
Anderson, R. Michael, The Florida Times Union
After five years as boss of the Clay County Utility Authority, Ray Avery will have to pass a test later this year to keep his job.
The utility authority's seven-member board of supervisors voted Tuesday to establish an annual evaluation policy to assess the management skills of the agency's executive director.
The board approved a recommendation from the personnel committee, which had met a week earlier and proposed a list of criteria for measuring how well or how poorly the top administrator performs his job.
"The full board adopted the criteria that we established in the committee meeting," said Tom Morris, Avery's administrative assistant. "The issue of merit pay and what thresholds might be applied will be decided later."
Avery, former owner of a private utility company the county later purchased, was hired in April 1995. The personnel committee recommended the annual evaluation procedure be implemented in November.
The test would grade the executive director's level of competency in 10 major areas, including his ability to communicate effectively with employees in a way that promotes a "positive, open and cooperative organizational culture. …