Newby said told the council Wednesday.
Newby replaces former city manager Andrew Clinger, who was terminated amid a sexual harassment investigation. Clinger signed a separation agreement, which included a $227,000 severance package. The investigation did not find enough evidence to substantiate sexual harassment, but found a hostile work environment existed under his leadership.
The three women who filed the initial complaints have resigned from the city and are pursuing a lawsuit.
New in Newby’s contract is a requirement that she use a city-owned cell phone for all city-related business. Newby’s contract prohibits her from using a personal cell phone or email to conduct city business.
The city’s investigation into Clinger’s behavior found he used special cell phone apps that encrypted messages and destroyed them once they were sent to communicate with some executive staff members. Such apps would allow the city manager to escape public records requirements.
One of Newby’s first tasks will be to assess the fallout from that investigation and existing morale problems. She said she would come in with an “honest approach and an open approach” with the message that it is “time to get back to work.”
Newby also will arrive after the council has almost completed the budget for next year. That was one of McKenzie’s main objections to her contract, along with a front-loading of some of her benefits and the fact the two-year contract automatically renews.
The city is in the middle of building the budget for next year. Newby said she is participating as much as she can from afar while wrapping up her current job