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Board extends Sweet's contract indefinitely

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Grayson's county adminstrator had been on a 4-year contract.

By Ben Bomberger, Reporter

INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has extended County Administrator Jonathan Sweet’s employment agreement beyond the initial four-year term.
The agreement was approved by a 3-2 vote during the supervisors meeting earlier this month, with the dissenting votes coming from supervisors John Brewer and David Sexton.
No comments were made regarding their decision to vote against the agreement.
Previously, Sweet was working under a four-year contract, but the new agreement approved this month lists an indefinite term. While that doesn’t mean Sweet will never be terminated, it does set out specific guidelines for what he would receive in the event that he were.
The agreement stipulates that Sweet would receive nine months base salary if he is terminated without cause. For each additional year he works under the new agreement, he will receive one month of severance pay added to that for a maximum severance accrual of 12 months.
If Sweet is terminated without cause, the board must also give him a 60-day notice, during which he can resign.
Additionally, the agreement stipulates that Sweet will give the county 90 days advance written notice if he chooses to resign from his position.
Sweet serves as the county’s top executive position, much like that of a CEO in the business sector.
In addition to the base salary of $83,231, Sweet receives the perks typically associated with a high level position — a county owned vehicle for use on official county business; and payment of professional dues and subscriptions necessary for his continuation and full participation in the state, regional and local associations and organizations; expenses for professional development.