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Has Anyone Missed Dothan Not Having A City Manager

Rickey Stokes

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Posted by: RStokes
Date: Jan 15 2019 8:16 AM

DOTHAN:     It was February 2018 when Dothan City Manager Mike West notified Dothan Mayor Mark Saliba and the six dwarfs ( Dothan Commissioners ) that he was retiring at the end of the year 2018.

Dothan City Manager Mike West kept his word. He retired.

Dothan Commissioners paid $$thousands$$ of dollars to Slavin Group to assist them in searching for and selecting a Dothan City Manager. From February 2018 through December 31, 2018 Mayor Mark Saliba and the Six Dwarfs ( Commissioners ) were unable to select a Dothan City Manager.

RSN broke the names of the three finalists. Those included one from Dothan, one from Enterprise but in Florida and another from Florida who was paid $ 250,000.00 to leave town.

In a surprise move that was NEVER DISCUSSED in an open public meeting Dothan Commissioners entered into a professional services agreement with Mike West to be Intereim City Manager.

The City of Dothan pays over $ 200,000.00 annually to a City Attorney ( Len White ) and a Personnel Director ( Delvik McKay ) to make sure they do things right. Well they did not do the employment of Mike West as professional services correctly. Not counting there was never any public discussion but Mayor Saliba and the six dwarfs were all in agreement.

So in a hastily called meeting Mayor Saliba and three dwarfs ( all six were not present ) they changed the agreement of Mike West. It will begin, if memory serves me correct, on January 20, 2019. But in the resolution is named the two department heads who would be acting City Manager. Those were January 1 - 10 Dothan Fire Chief Larry Williams and January 11 - 20 Dothan Utilities Manager Billy Mayes.

Today is a Dothan City Commission Meeting. We have gone 16 days without a Dothan City Manager. Has any of the registered voters of the City of Dothan even noticed Dothan has not had a fulltime City Manager?


1. If Mike West has entered into a Professional Services Agreement with the City of Dothan, does he have a business license with the City of Dothan and the State of Alabama to be a Professional Services?

2. Can someone under contract and not employed have reign and control over some 1,000 of the civil service workforce of the City of Dothan?

He can not drive a City of Dothan vehicle because he is contract labor.

3. Did Mayor Mark Saliba and the six dwarfs violate the Alabama Open Meetings law in deciding on contract with Mike West and selecting what department heads would be acting City Manager.


10:00 A.M., January 15, 2019


Invocation: Pastor Stacy Stafford – Southside Baptist Church


Pledge of Allegiance: Commissioner Dorsey


Roll Call: Saliba__Dorsey__Fleming__Kirkland__Ferguson__Kenward__Crutchfield__


Approval of Previous Minutes:

• Minutes of Meetings of December 18 and 21, 2018.


Communications from Mayor and City Commissioners:


      • Proclamation - “Human Trafficking Awareness Month” – Gia Hughes and Allison Moody, Hope Rising Ministries. 

      • Check Presentation – “No Shave November” fundraiser – Chief Steve Parrish and Captain Bubba Ott; Carmen Maddox, Children’s of Alabama. 

      • Comments – Keith Gamble, FirstGuard Security. 

6. Communications from City Manager:


Communications from City Clerk:

• Application for a Restaurant Retail Liquor License (on premise) for Chocolate City Oyster Bar and Grill, 2970 East Main Street, by Jamerian Hall.



Ord. No._________ Amending Chapter 114, Zoning, Article V - Development Plans by adding Section 114-83, Architectural Standards, of the City of Dothan Code of Ordinances.



Ord. No._________Rezoning a parcel of land owned by Daniel and Karen Johnson, located at 3131 Ross Clark Circle from B-3 (Local Shopping) District to B-2 (Highway Commercial) District.



Res. No._________Declaring certain properties which are overgrown with weeds, scrub, wild bushes, grass and other vegetable growth as injurious to the health, safety and welfare of the community as nuisances and calling for a public hearing to be held on the matter during the regularly scheduled commission meeting on February 5, 2019.



Res. No._________Adopting the “Highway 84 East Master Plan”.



Res. No._________Appropriating $100,000.00 to the Dothan Downtown Redevelopment Authority for assistance in funding the 2019 Foster Fest Project.



Res. No._________Authorizing the City’s Finance Director to execute an application for the purpose of obtaining Federal Financial Assistance under the Disaster Relief Act (Hurricane Michael).



Res. No._________Approving payment for the sum of $193,135.86 for City funds due to the Alabama Department of Transportation for bridge replacement on Brookside Drive over Quail Creek.



Res. No._________Entering into an agreement with CDG Engineers & Associates, Inc. for CE&I services for bridge replacement on Brookside Drive over Quail Creek, ATRIP No. 35-05-38 in accordance with the Agreement for Construction Engineering Services, for a not-to-exceed amount of $90,571.00.



Res. No._________Entering into a Business Associate Agreement with McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc. for the purpose of safeguarding and ensuring confidentiality of private personal information and to abide by HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) and pertinent laws in receiving quotes from carriers and other providers of insurance to City employees and/or retirees (no cost to the City).



Res. No._________Adopting a new fee and calendar schedule for Water World.



Res. No._________Declaring a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria (VIN # 2FAFP71W83X110727) as surplus and no longer needed for public or municipal purposes and donating it to the Town of Newville, Alabama.



Res. No._________Entering into an agreement with ACOM Solutions for the purchase and one-year maintenance of a Canon 6780 MICR Printer at a cost of $2,019.00.



Res. No._________Appointing Melissa Wilson as a member of the Community Development Advisory Board.


Res. No._________Approving payment of invoices for the month of December, 2018 in the amount of $12,967,757.56.



Res. No._________Awarding bids and approving purchases over $15,000.00 by the City.



Res. No._________Approving advance travel requests for City employees.



Acceptance of a ROW Warranty Deed from Behzad Khazraee (Tract 2) for the Denton Road CR 25 Widening and Add Lanes Project.



Acceptance of a ROW Temporary Easement Deed from Behzad Khazraee (Tract 2) for the Denton Road CR 25 Widening and Add Lanes Project.



Acceptance of a Warranty Deed from Houston County Chiropractic, LLC (Tract 9) for the Denton Road CR 25 Widening and Add Lanes Project.



Announcing the reappointment of Lisa Kelly as a Member of the Dothan Housing Authority.




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