Commission considers new contract for city manager

Dothan, AL (WTVY) Dothan may need a new City Manager in the not too distant future.

Current City Manager, Mike West, is likely considering retirement though he's not indicated when he might do so.

His current contract expires in one year but commissioners appear ready to offer another one.

"What's proposed on the table is another three year contract. Will he fulfill all of that? That is something only he knows. We have discussed some different time parameters for that contract. Maybe not being three years. Maybe being two, maybe being one. That is something we still have to discuss," said Beth Kenward, District 5 Commissioner.

Approaching 12 years on the job, West is the longest serving city manager in Dothan history.

Hiring an assistant city manager is also being considered, somebody that could potentially "step-in" when West decides to retire. Although this idea that was rejected by some commissioners a few months ago the idea is being reconsidered.

"There's a lot of mixed feelings on the Commission over hiring an assistant city manager, because we would have to pay that person," said Kenward.

"We're just trying to be proactive and prepared so we don't have a gap," also said Kenmore.

A new contract for West could be voted on early next month.