SHREWSBURY – In his second year on the job, Town Manager Kevin J. Mizikar was given an “excellent to distinguished” annual job performance rating by the Board of Selectmen.
That’s an improvement from last year’s overall rating of “good to excellent.”
The board announced at its meeting Tuesday night that it is so pleased with the young town manager, who was hired two years ago, that a new three-year contract has been negotiated, a year before his current contract ends on June 30, 2020. The board signed the new contract, which will go into effect July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2023. A salary increase will be considered at the board’s next meeting, on June 25.
Mizikar was rated in four categories: overall management; relationship with the Board of Selectmen; relationship with other boards, committees and town employees; and personal and professional growth.
He received a total of 22 “distinguished,” 50 “excellent” and eight “good” ratings.
No one gave him any ratings of “less than satisfactory.”
Selectman John I. Lebeaux said the board’s negotiation and execution of a successor contract with Mizikar more than a year out from the expiration of the current contract shows how the entire board thinks of Mizikar’s performance.
“I think the board is very pleased with the work Mr. Mizikar has done and I think it shows in this document,” Lebeaux said. “I think actions speak very loudly. And the action the board took to secure his tenure with us for three more years is proof.”
Mizikar, 40, former Leicester town administrator, who lives in Sturbridge with his family, was selected out of about 66 candidates to succeed Daniel J. Morgado, who retired in July 2017 after 20 years in the job.
Mizikar gave a lot of credit for his success to his “amazing” staff and thanked the selectmen for their appreciation and their confidence in him.
“Your comments ... just make me more eager to continue and I look forward to that opportunity,” he told the board