Not even ousted City Manager Mark Pentz was surprised when the Chandler City Council voted late Thursday to put him back to work. Pentz, who left his job nearly three months ago as part of a separation agreement with the council, said Friday he will take a family vacation before returning to work July 17.
The council voted 5-2 to rehire Pentz under a renegotiated contract that included a 4 percent raise and increased severance benefits if he should be fired or forced to resign in the future. The move was expected since the council voted 5-2 on June 8 to allow Mayor Boyd Dunn to renegotiate Pentz’s contract.
“I’m pleased that they took action on the proposed employment agreement, and I look forward to starting back with the city,” Pentz said.
As part of the deal, the city also agreed to pay $35,600 to cover legal fees and retirement payments incurred since Pentz left his job May 1.
Councilmen Martin Sepulveda and Matt Orlando, both of whom voted against renegotiating Pentz’s contract earlier this month, offered amendments that would have eliminated the legal and retirement reimbursements and would not have increased the severance guarantee.
The move failed and Pentz said Friday he wouldn’t have accepted anyway.
“That’s not what I negotiated with the mayor,” he said. “My negotiations were with the mayor.”
He said he’s watched a couple of council meetings on TV, but plans on spending some time getting up to speed on day-to-day operations when he starts back to work.