Other than a moving expense reimbursement and start date, Frankfort’s current city manager and his predecessor’s contracts are almost identical.

According to documents reviewed by The State Journal, new City Manager Keith Parker’s compensation package has a lot in common with that of his predecessor, Cindy Steinhauser:  a starting salary of $140,000, a $300-a-month vehicle allowance and a cellphone for work purposes. The only apparent difference between the two is a clause to cover moving expenses of up to $12,500 for Steinhauser, who came to Frankfort from Dubuque, Iowa, and resigned late last year to accept a position in Rochester, Minnesota. Parker is a lifelong Frankfort resident.

Both contracts state the city manager serves at the pleasure of the city commission and can be terminated or “involuntarily resign” at any moment. In either scenario, the city would have to pay six months of severance pay equivalent to base salary for the same period and make a contribution of 15 percent of regular pay to the employee’s retirement fund for the same time period.

In the instance of “just cause” termination, though, the city manager would only be entitled to benefits and pay accrued up to that point.

The city manager’s contract also accounts for cost-of-living increases and longevity increases received by all other similarly situated city employees.

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