The council, on Mayor Milissa Holland’s insistence, deleted a clause that would have granted incoming Manager Matthew Morton automatic, annual non-merit raises calibrated to the percentage awarded city employees.
Matt Morton, Palm Coast’s new manager, would start at a salary $30,000 smaller than predecessor Jim Landon’s, but would be in line to tag his annual raises to those of other employees, a potential conflict of interest.
The Palm Coast City Council chose Matthew Morton in a 3-2 vote, bypassing Interim Manager Beau Falgout, in what council members described as the city’s desire for a “game-changer.”
Three candidates–Robin Hayes, Donald Kewley, and Matthew Morton–made their case to unseat Beau Falgout as they interviewed for Palm Coast City manager, mostly behind closed doors, today. A full report on how they did.