Commission Votes Against Renewing Mike West Contract

Dothan City Manager Mike West could soon be shopping around for another job.

This morning, in a 5-2 vote, the Dothan City Commission voted not to renew West's contract.

Mayor Pat Thomas and Commissioner Paul Lee voted to extend the contract for two years. Commissioners Newsome, Barbaree, Matthews, Craig and Seagle voted not to renew.

The City Manager's current contract expires in November of 2008.

Under the terms of his current contract, he could decide to remain on the job until that contract expires.

Mayor Thomas stated that the issue could be brought up for discussion at a later date.

Dothan Mayor and Commissions Evalutation of Mike West:

  • Pat Thomas
  • Paul Lee
  • Larry Matthews
  • Amos  Newsome
  • John Craig
  • Keith Seagle
  • Taylor Barbaree


    Statement from Dothan City Commissioner Taylor Barbaree

  • Should the City of Dothan renew City Manager Mike West's contract?


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    • by Taxed to death on Nov 29, 2007 at 04:36 AM
      Maybe the voters have finally been heard by the Dothan City Council. Mr West still has time to turn around any doubt about his job performance before his contract will expire. Now about the "On Line Survey" What ever happened to the "On Line Survey" about the 1% sales tax increase in Enterprise? The survey was removed from this web site after showing that most respondents "Do Not!! Favor" a sales Tax increase so what is the deal? I can only conclude if the survey does not reflect what the "Powers on Hand" want,the survey is then eliminated and disposed of with no record of ever being conducted in the first place. So why even bother with any survey? But then again this was a Non-Scientific Survey. Go Vote!! It is the Only way your voice will be heard!
    • by mark (powder p Location: dothan on Nov 28, 2007 at 09:43 PM
      marianna fl looking for a city manager maybe thats where he should go and take cheif powell with him.do not renew his contract buy him out let him go i say
    • by Larry Location: Dothan on Nov 28, 2007 at 07:24 AM
      One can only hope the comission shows sense enough that if they decide to hire another city maniger they will offer a salery that is is in line with the rest of the cities our size and not an unheard of one like the last time. They have wasted enough of our tax dollars as it is. Maybe if they hired someone that had to work for a living they could keep them longer than 3 years.
    • by Dan Location: Dothan on Nov 27, 2007 at 08:23 PM
      reading each city commissioner's evaluation of City Manager West, I don't see how they can justify voting to "not renew his contract". Mr. Craig rated him acceptable on most, good on several. Even Mr. Barbaree, who seems to be the instigator of the move to get rid of CM West, voted him acceptable or good on many items. The five commissioners voting no have no clue as to what is best for our city. I am completely ashamed of their action......I only wish they had the integrity to see the error of their ways.
    • by LaDon Joyner Location: Dothan(District 5) on Nov 27, 2007 at 04:25 PM
      We are paying two people to do the same job. One was elected by the people and the other was appointed by the commission. The mayor needs to do his job and save the city thousands of dollars each year, from the unempolyment of the city manager. The city manager's salary and benefits come close to $200,000 a year and that would be a nice savings for the city of Dothan.
    • by stuart Location: enterprise on Nov 27, 2007 at 01:52 PM
      city manangers are a gluttonous waste of taxpayer's money, doing the minimal tasks other elected officials are too lazy to do.
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