It has been more than a year since Fort Lauderdale City Attorney Harry Stewart “retired,” but he’s still the one making decisions in the City Attorney’s Office, collecting a pension in addition to the salary he takes in as the city’s top-paid employee.
The search committee charged with finding his replacement is getting closer to a recommendation. On April 10 and 11, it will interview 10 candidates for the position.
The candidates include two Fort Lauderdale assistant city attorneys, Paul Bangel and Robert Dunckel.
Also on the list is Deputy Broward County Attorney Noel Pfeffer and Miami Assistant City Attorney Rafael Suarez-Rivas, who used to be city attorney in Miramar.
The other candidates:
--Fort Myers Assistant City Attorney Mark Moriarty
-- Pinecrest Village Attorney Cynthia Everett
-- Port St. Lucie Senior Assistant City Attorney Pam Booker
-- Deputy Manatee County Attorney Rodney Wade
-- Assistant Polk County Attorney Phillip Sherwin
-- Harlene Kennedy, an associate attorney specializing in municipal law with the Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske law firm.
The search committee will meet again on April 17 to recommend three to five finalists and forward their names to commissioners, city spokesman Chaz Adams said.
At the time of Stewart’s March 16, 2012 retirement, the commission agreed to keep paying him his $255,403 salary – but no pension or health benefits – until his successor is on board. Stewart also began receiving a pension of $93,361 a year once his retirement took effect.
And he received close to $200,000 for unpaid sick and vacation time he had accrued.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times