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January 11, 2018

Divided council extends town manager’s contract

File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Brannon Godfrey started as Warrenton’s town manager in October 2015.
I have seen major improvement since he first got here with his relationship with council and getting more comfortable with the job.
— Councilman Bob Kravetz
Town Managers
• Brannon Godfrey, since October 2015

• Ken McLawhon, 2002-14

• John Anizvino, 1989-2001

• Don Smith, 1986-89

• Ed Brower, 1962-86

• P.W. Ancell, 1960-62

• Sidney Shumate, 1923-60

• J.W. Shirley, 1920-23

• L.M. Clarkson, 1920

> Source: Town of Warrenton
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Staff Journalist
After months of private conversations, including two closed meetings, a divided Warrenton council Tuesday night agreed to extend the town manager’s contract a year and to raise his salary by $5,000.

The council voted, 5-2, to extend Brannon Godfrey’s employment contract through June 30, 2019.

The contract amendment also says the council will hire a consultant to conduct a “360 Degree” analysis of Mr. Godfrey’s performance.

> Documents at bottom of story

“I didn’t agree with the contract,” said Brett Hamby (Ward 3), who voted against the contract extension. So did Sunny Reynolds (At-large).

Ms. Reynolds declined to comment, calling it a “personnel matter.”

“I think he’s doing OK,” Councilman Bob Kravetz (Ward 4) said in a follow-up interview Thursday.

When asked about the town manager’s performance, Mr. Kravetz said, “I think it’s good enough for us to extend his contract.

“I have seen major improvement since he first got here with his relationship with council and getting more comfortable with the job,” Mr. Kravetz said. “When you’re the town manager, you’re serving eight masters (seven council members and the mayor), and it takes awhile to learn everyone’s personalities and deal with everyone on an individual and group basis. I’ve seen him get more comfortable with that.”

“We wanted to keep him as our town manager. I look forward to another successful year. I think the town’s in good shape.”

Last month, council members met for about 90 minutes in closed session to discuss the town manager’s performance.

During that Dec. 12 closed session, Mr. Godfrey and his wife, Leslie, sat in the Town Hall meeting area while council members evaluated his performance in a small conference room upstairs.

But, the council took no vote on Mr. Godfrey’s contract when it came back into open session at 10:11 p.m.

Mr. Godfrey, 52, started the position in October 2015 with a salary of $150,000. He had received no raise since then. His 3-percent pay increase will take effect July 1.

He came from Warrenton after six years as an assistant city manager in Portsmouth. Mr. Godfrey previously worked as a manager in Culpeper and Winchester.

Ken McLawhon, his predecessor who left in December 2014 after 12 years for a job in Tennessee, earned $157,000 annually.

“It is a privilege to work for a council that is clear in setting its expectations for me,” Mr. Godfrey said during Tuesday’s meeting. “It has been a pleasure to work with you.”

Town Manager Godfrey Contract Extension 192018 by Fauquier Now on Scribd

  Town Manager Employment Contract original by Fauquier Now on Scribd

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