If Lake Wales city commissioners turned in the first performance evaluation for City Manager Ken Fields on time, it could be discussed at the Jan. 21 commission meeting.
Fields, who began working for the city last August, said his first evaluation was scheduled six months into the job. His next evaluation will come in early 2015.
He noted that the reason there will not be an annual evaluation is because he started the job during the summer and that is a busier time due to putting together the city budget.
The rating ranges from 0 to 6 with 6 being outstanding and 0 being unsatisfactory. A definition is provided for each number. According to the evaluation, outstanding “generally applies to the top 1 percent of all employees in the workplace. This person’s overall skills and abilities far exceed all expectations of the position. Demonstrated strong expertise within key areas of responsibilities. Consistently outstanding results beyond scope of the performance plan over entire period. Anticipates management’s needs and executes plans flawlessly.”
Good “generally applies to 40 to 50 percent of employees. Met all expectations of the position and is competent in the performance of responsibilities.”
Poor “generally applies to bottom 1 percent of employees. Performance was well-below expectations in most areas of responsibility. Serious performance deficiencies that inhibit adequate performance in the position. Employee should be evaluated for continuation of current position, demotion or termination of employment.”
The categories that are on the evaluation are: Leadership, Professionalism, Management of the Organization, Execution of Policy, Financial Management, Relationship with the Commission, Community Relationships and Communications.
The commissioners will be asked to identify a few of the top achievements or strong points they have observed in the manager. They will also be asked to list some performance objectives that are important for the manager to work on in the coming year.
Commissioners seemed pleased with the job Fields is doing.
“Everything is running so much smoother,” said Commissioner Betty Wojcik. “It’s really easy to tell that difference. He’s so professional.”
Mayor Gene Fultz said he appreciates Fields’ administrative skills, noting that he has revamped some of the responsibiliites for the staff.
Fultz said Fields has developed a “great working relationship” with Jim Bell, executive director of the Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council.