FAIRFIELD — David White will succeed Sean Quinn as Fairfield city manager – an appointment to the top position in municipal government that council members say reflects an ability to recognize talent in its own workforce as well as White’s successful hard work along with his understanding of the community.
“He is invested in this city,” said Councilwoman Catherine Moy. “He loves the city.”
She spoke about the 60-hour weeks White works as assistant city manager, finance director and head of human resources.
“He’s handled so much on the fourth floor,” Moy said of White’s work at City Hall.
Mayor Harry Price said the appointment of White, whose employment agreement goes before the City Council at its Tuesday meeting, doesn’t just reflect Fairfield staying within the city to select a new municipal executive.
“It’s more than promoting from within,” Price said. “It is to nurture and cultivate opportunity for people.”
White, who will be paid $215,000 yearly plus benefits, was not available for comment Friday.
A report by Gregory Stepanicich, city attorney, said the council directed the negotiation of an employment agreement with White. Vice Mayor Rick Vaccaro and Councilman John Mraz served on a subcommittee that met with White and agreed on terms for his employment as city manager.
Quinn retired April 3 as city manager and has served as interim manager. He cited his health status when announcing his retirement.
“These 29 years with Fairfield have been quite a ride,” Quinn had said. “The greatest joy has been working with our employees. They are committed and dedicated, and that I will miss most of all.”
The employment agreement with White calls for him to begin the post June 27. He will be evaluated after his first six months and then on an annual basis.
A closed City Council session will be scheduled for the evaluation.
Benefits for White include a $350-a-month car allowance and a laptop computer.
City Council members meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the council chamber at 1000 Webster St.
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