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Commissioners Question Whether City Manager Misled Them to Increase Retirement Contributions

Fiscal Impact Understated by nearly $11,000


Last updated 2/19/2020 at 4:57pm

Williamson Photos of Lake Wales

City Commissioner Terrye Howell

When Lake Wales City Manager Ken Fields asked in February 2019 for a change to his retirement account contributions, City Commissioner Terrye Howell was happy to make the motion to approve it. After all, Fields stated that the fiscal impact for the year would be just 2.6 percent or about $3,560, an increase she felt was reasonable.

It turns out the city's 2019 contribution of $51,490 to Fields' retirement accounts was actually about $14,500 more than 2018, and Howell is not happy.

"I feel like the city manager wasn't truthful and I don't like that," Howell said. "He didn't give us all the...

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