Auburn schedules last-minute meeting to discuss city manager


AUBURN — Councilors will meet in an executive session Thursday night to discuss the contract with City Manager Clinton Deschene.

Mayor Jonathan LaBonte said the council has met with Deschene a few times over the summer to discuss his annual performance review.

“The council has wisely chosen, on some topics that deserve more time, to bifurcate those conversations and schedule further discussion later rather than going too late into the evening,” LaBonte said. “I would not say that anything is out of the ordinary in terms of the review process, but there will be more we can share (Thursday).”

The meeting agenda was released at about 4 p.m. Wednesday. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Auburn Hall. The sole item is a closed-door session, with potential public action to follow.

Councilors hired Deschene in 2012 and he started in June of that year.

According to his 2012 contract with the city, Deschene was paid $94,000 per year when he started with the city. That amount increased to $97,000 after six months and $99,000 after his first year.

The contract requires councilors to give Deschene 30 days’ notice and a six-month severance package if they decided to terminate his contract without cause, and 90 days’ notice if they choose not to renew his contract.

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