Titusville’s interim city manager is now able to drop one part of his job title, as Titusville City Council voted unanimously on Monday to employ Neil Fratus to the position full time.
Titusville Mayor Dennis Peden said the choice was made to promote Fratus to city manager following an evaluation performed by every member of city council and leaders of the city’s various departments.
“(B)ased on that performance review and the relationship he’s established with our department heads and city council, we decided to keep him on,” Peden said.
Fratus was hired on an interim basis on Jan. 17 following the resignation of the city’s previous manager, Larry Manross. Fratus is a native to the Titusville area, having graduated from Titusville High School in 1996.
Before the appointment, Fratus was a member of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office for 13 years. He ran for position of sheriff in 2019, but lost, also resigning from his position as chief deputy during the election due to internal political strife brought about by the election.
When Fratus was hired as interim city manager, he was given a pro rated salary of $56,000 per year without benefits. Peden said that in the near future, though he was unsure as to the exact date, Fratus will finish a probation period city managers go through, and his salary will be raised to $62,000 per year. He will also receive benefits such as medical insurance coverage and paid days off.
Titusville City Council has given Fratus a deadline of July 1 to move into the city limits in order to conform with residence requirements for the job. Fratus, according to Peden, currently lives in Meadville.
Peden said there were “three or four” other applicants for the position, but those applications were sent in under the previous city administration around when Manross announced his resignation. Peden said the city did not re-advertise for applicants after the current administration was sworn in.
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