Steve Thompson lands Tennessee job about a month after being fired from Marco city manager job

City file photo of onetime City Manager Steve Thompson

City file photo of onetime City Manager Steve Thompson

— Finding a new job was no sweat for recently fired Marco Island City Manager Steve Thompson.

In late May, about one month after city council voted to terminate Thompson, he was chosen as the new director of the Municipal Technical Advisory Service at the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service.

As the director, Thompson will oversee several consultants and trainers, offering cities in Tennessee financial, legal safety and technical expertise.

“Instead of working with one city, I’ll be working with 345,” Thompson said.

It was a quick turn around from one job to the next, he acknowledged.

Candidates in management, professional and related occupations remained unemployed for a median time period of approximately five months, reported the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2008.

Thompson was asked to start immediately, but said he chose instead to spend much of the summer with his family and will begin in July.

Thompson was hired as Marco Island’s city manager in 2008. Council decided to terminate Thompson’s contract on April 19 effective in 30 days. Had Thompson began work immediately with the University, he would have been unemployed for less than one week.

Thompson was replaced temporarily by Marco Island resident Jim Riviere, the former Planning Board chairman. Riviere is serving as the interim city manager and council has suspended its search for a long-term manager until fall.

Thompson earned a severance of about $175,000. His annual salary was $160,000 and he took the cash equivalent of the city’s benefit package, bringing his total cash earnings before taxes to about $220,000, not including his monthly car and cell phone allowances.

Thompson’s new salary wasn’t immediately available and he didn’t disclose it, instead saying: “It’s an outstanding opportunity.”

Prior to Marco, Thompson was a city manager in Deltona and Greenville, S.C., as well as an assistant city manager in Virginia Beach, Va.

“I hope this is from the good work and experiences with cities I have worked with out there,” Thompson said.

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MarcoCitizen writes:

It's scary to think his screw-ups could be multiplied by 345 all over Tennessee. Hopefully he will be carefully supervised and his influence limited to prevent him from spending that state into bankruptcy with outrageous employment contracts and profligate spending. The best part is he'll be far from Marco. Good riddance!

Brillo writes:

Does anybody check resumes?????

I guess not!

ajm3s writes:

In a nutshell, from Mr. Thompson's mouth: “Instead of working with one city, I’ll be working with 345”.

Priceless. Incompetence at its zenith.

Thank god for allowing Mr. Thompson and others of his ilk to move on.

sailingby writes:

Haven't you guys figured out yet that there was no reason to force Thompson out? The Sanchez/Foster/Biles insanity about imaginary EPA conspiracies got people so worked up that Thompson lost his job over their cooked up charges that he failed to take their outrageous stories seriously.

Take a look in the mirror. Many outside Marco Island find the merits in Thompson that you blindly refused to see from behind your cloak and dagger fantasies. Perhaps it is time to show a little humility, acknowledge that the bullying is not serving us and find a new path to cooperation in restoring our beautiful community.

OldMarcoMan writes:

Congradulations Steve, the people who know the truth of what happened are very glad you have come out on top with this.
Funny how the sides change like the wind around here, and how no one is what they appear to be.

ajm3s writes:

in response to sailingby:

Haven't you guys figured out yet that there was no reason to force Thompson out? The Sanchez/Foster/Biles insanity about imaginary EPA conspiracies got people so worked up that Thompson lost his job over their cooked up charges that he failed to take their outrageous stories seriously.

Take a look in the mirror. Many outside Marco Island find the merits in Thompson that you blindly refused to see from behind your cloak and dagger fantasies. Perhaps it is time to show a little humility, acknowledge that the bullying is not serving us and find a new path to cooperation in restoring our beautiful community.

I will venture to say you did not work for him or been belittled by him, in his language and demeanor.

Its what I call an up and close evaluation of your illustrious Mr. Thompson.

That is why his work record show several dismissals. Please understand, the prior dismissals did not include "Sanchez/Foster/Biles insanity". They simply were not residents of his prior municipalities.

What you claim as merits (observed by others outside of Marco Island), are simply resume listed skills not borne by actual job performance. If we fail to acknowledge history, then we (they) will repeat it.

I agree it is time to show humility, but I would have wished Mr. Thompson had exibited such when he was City Manager. But he chose not to do so.

We are on a new path and I do not see the bullying that I witnessed under Mr. Thompson. Now I ask what changed, the citizenry or the City Manager?

Beached writes:

Congradulations Steve. Tennessee gains and Marco island losses. I wish you the best in your new venture.My best to your loverly wife.

ed34145 writes:

Well said, sailingby.

lauralbi1 writes:

You know, it's really funny. We should understand that Mr. Thompson's management style was not condusive to Marco Island and our way of doing things. That is why Council let him go. Never was theer any issues with his abilities or competence.
The bloggers above would say the same about Bill Moss and he has continuously been chosen, by his peers, as one of the top City Managers in the Country.
Just goes to show readers of these blogs (few and far between) just how insignificantrr and meaningless some of the opinions expressed really are.
But we read them and accept them. We just know that most of them are emotional and not based on facts.
Go get em Steve !!!
Ed Issler

condoseller writes:

Congratulations on making yet another soft landing Mr. Thompson. You are like a cat with nine lives who always land on its feet.

Appears that Mr. Thompson was a candidate for this position when our City Council took action.

http://www.ips.tennessee.edu/?pg=131

happy6 writes:

semi-govt job....he'll never get fired again.

jwputnam writes:

Why is this article even in the paper? Does someone have an ax to grind? Who cares where Thompson went? It's history. (I HAVE heard that one whole hell of a lot of City employees are very pleased with the new professional atmosphere around City Hall.)

He is gone and the syndicate has been at least temporarily stymied. This is good for Marco. (Watch out though....they are working on the "problem"...hard.)

Now let's stop the spending before we go broke with the rest of the country...and we will.

As I read the stories about renewed interest in the glamorous re-build of the Smokehouse bridge, I think to myself: If I won a million dollar Bugatti could I afford to keep it? If I was given a ten million dollar home that I HAD to live in or give back, could I afford to keep it? Why are we CONTINUALLY suckered into these phony "free" grants? Someone PLEASE restrain Mr. Joel.

ajm3s writes:

in response to lauralbi1:

You know, it's really funny. We should understand that Mr. Thompson's management style was not condusive to Marco Island and our way of doing things. That is why Council let him go. Never was theer any issues with his abilities or competence.
The bloggers above would say the same about Bill Moss and he has continuously been chosen, by his peers, as one of the top City Managers in the Country.
Just goes to show readers of these blogs (few and far between) just how insignificantrr and meaningless some of the opinions expressed really are.
But we read them and accept them. We just know that most of them are emotional and not based on facts.
Go get em Steve !!!
Ed Issler

From Mr. Thompson himself at many council meetings in response to a myriad of issues brought before him:

"We can do better"
"Going forward we can do better".

Ah!!!!!!!!!! This is quite a management style.

I will say he was consistent. And the results (dismissals) from prior municipalities are consistent as well. Just facts.

EdFoster writes:

Mr. Issler:

Being chosen by your peers "as one of the top City Managers in the Country" is not necessarily a sign of competence especially when your "peers" are politically motivated. Their "peers" chose Nancy Pelosi to be third in line for the Presidency and Harry Reid to be cadaver-in-chief of the United States Senate. I doubt that the majority of U.S. citizens would agree with their choices.

Ed Foster

wiseguy10 writes:

You morons don't realize that most of the crap that came down on Steve Thompson was all prior to his hiring as City Manager. Prior councils and a group idiots on Marco caused 90% of the problems that came up. And Reckers little dictatorship has always caused problems and always will.

d1120 writes:

How's the beach up there?

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