DESTIN — City Manager Carisse LeJeune submitted her letter of resignation, with conditions, to the City Clerk on Wednesday.
Citing issues such as a lack of trust in LeJeune and tension between staff and the City Council, four of the seven council members voted July 2 to ask LeJeune to resign. The council plans to consider revised terms of her resignation at Monday’s meeting.
If approved, LeJeune’s resignation will be effective Aug. 14.
The council’s July 2 action included approval of an amendment to LeJeune’s employment contract that stipulated certain conditions of her resignation.
After meeting with her attorney, LeJeune now is asking that certain “technical changes” be made to the amended contract “to better reflect the intent of all parties,” according to an agenda report written by LeJeune.
At Monday’s meeting, the council also plans to discuss the search and recruitment process for a new city manager.
The council-approved amendment to LeJeune’s contract called for her to provide her written resignation to the clerk by this Friday.
It “shall be deemed a resignation for the mutual benefit of the city manager, the city and the Destin City Council, and shall not be deemed a termination in any way,” according to the amendment.
It also called for LeJeune "to receive a positive response to all inquiries about the city manager's performance since she was hired."
However, LeJeune is asking for the following words to be added to her amended contract: “If the city or the Destin City Council receive any inquiries regarding the city manager’s performance, then they agree to give the following response: “During her tenure the city manager fulfilled her duties competently and professionally.””
The initial amendment also stipulated that if LeJeune submitted her written resignation on or before Friday, she would receive her monthly salary for July and August, in addition to 26 weeks worth of salary — about $62,000 — and payment for any unused sick or vacation leave on Sept. 1.
But LeJeune is asking for: 20 weeks of severance pay; 10 weeks of pay for a covenant in the initial amendment that would prevent her from seeking or taking employment with the Okaloosa County government, Gulf Power and other entities for 18 months after Aug. 14; and her accrued sick and vacation leave pay.
LeJeune was brought on as city manager in July 2016 after serving as interim city manager for about two months.
This past February, the council unanimously approved giving her a 1 percent merit-based salary increase based on her job performance in fiscal year 2017. That pay hike increased her salary to $123,821.15.