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Risavi will serve as County Administrator until July 1, 2020

After two months of closed door deliberations, the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors approved a final contract that will enable the County Administrator of 19 years to continue those duties until July 1, 2020. 

The contract made available to this reporter late last week is dated July 30, 2012 and is signed by County Administrator Norm Risavi, Board of Supervisors Chairman Darryl Fisher and County Attorney Thomas O. Bondurant, Jr.

A preamble section makes it known that it is the desire of the Supervisors “to secure and retain the services of [the] employee and to provide inducement for him to remain in such employment,” as well as “to make possible full work productivity by assuring [the] employee’s morale and peace of mind with respect to future security, to act as a deterrent against malfeasance or dishonesty for personal gain on the part of the employee, and to provide a just means for terminating [the] employee’s services at such time as he may be unable to fully discharge his duties due to age or disability or when the County may desire to otherwise terminate his employment.”

Risavi is to “be employed by Westmoreland County exclusively and shall accept no other simultaneous employment or jobs without the approval of the Board of Supervisors [but] this provision shall not be construed so as to prevent [the] employee from making application for other positions.”

Risavi is an at will employee whose services can be terminated by the elected Board. He also has the ability to resign. If he is terminated during a time when he is otherwise able to perform his duties, he will receive payment equated with 150 days aggregate salary and a 30-day notice.

If Risavi voluntarily resigns, he must provide 60 days advance notice or a notice of shorter duration if the Board agrees. In such a scenario, Risavi would be expected to help the Board locate a replacement County Administrator. No 150-day lump sum cash payment would be required.

The Supervisors have agreed to pay Risavi an annual base salary of $115,000.00. He will additionally receive base salary and benefits increases “in such amounts and to such an extent as granted other employees for the purpose of general salary or benefits adjustments in each year of this agreement.”

The Supervisors have the ability to evaluate Risavi’s job performance on an annual basis, presenting the findings in some written format. The employment contract acknowledges that Risavi’s duties require him to “devote a great deal of his time outside normal office hours to business of the County, and to that end, Employee will be allowed to accumulate up to thirty days of compensatory time, on an hour for hour basis, and will be allowed to take time off as he shall deem appropriate during normal office hours. The Employee shall be compensated for accumulated compensatory time in the event he is terminated or resigns.”

The document of record addresses general expenses a County Administrator would be expected to incur and agrees to deliver reimbursement when the finance director is provided with the requisite vouchers and receipts.

The county will pay for Risavi’s professional dues and subscriptions associated with “full participation in national, regional, state and local associations and organizations necessary and desirable for his continued professional participation, growth, and advancement, and for the good of the County.”

The county will budget and pay for travel and subsistence expenses associated with the County Administrator’s professional and official travel, meetings and other business associated with his continued development as a professional.

“As an inducement for him to become and remain as County Administrator, [the] employee will be awarded eighteen days vacation leave per calendar year. Twelve sick days shall be awarded initially and thereafter sick leave shall accrue at the same rate accorded to other county employees.”

The county will pay 100 percent of Risavi’s life and dismemberment insurances well as “the contribution usually required of the employee for single coverage plus the employer’s share of the designated type of coverage selected by the employee. If at a future time period the employer agrees to decrease the percentage paid for health care costs for its employees, the employee will receive the same benefit accorded to other County employees.”

Risavi will remain a Virginia Retirement System participant and the county will “execute all necessary agreements provided by NATIONWIDE for [the] employee’s continued participation in the deferred compensation retirement plan, which will be made through payroll deductions in accordance with the rules and regulations established by IRS. [The] employer shall contribute $12,000 annually for [the] employee to the NATIONWIDE plan, which sum is in addition to the base salary aforesaid.

“[The] employer agrees to provide the employee with exclusive use of a motor vehicle to drive to and from his residence to work and for use in relation to the performance of his duties as County Administrator.

[The] employer shall be responsible for paying for liability, property damage, and comprehensive insurance, and for the purchase, operation, maintenance, repair and reasonable replacement of said automobile.”

“[The] employer shall bear the full cost of any fidelity or other bond required of the employee under any law ordinance.

“[The] employer shall not at any time during the term of this agreement reduce the salary, compensation or other financial benefits of the employee.”

The contract became effective on Aug. 1 and supersedes “the prior agreement between the parties hereto dated July 28, 2008, which prior agreement, upon execution of the within employment agreement, shall become null, void and of no effect,” the July 30, 2012 document relates.

When the terms of the current contract were agreed upon, Risavi made it known that it will be his last. Still in his 50s, Risavi has a waterfront home in Cabin Point subdivision. He says he will retire when the new contract expires on July 1, 2020.

 

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