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Assistant city manager reassigned; administative investigation continues

By Staff | May 11, 2018

The city of Cape Coral’s No. 2 administrator is expected to return to work Monday but in a different capacity while an administrative investigation continues.

Michael Ilczyszyn, the Cape’s assistant city manager, will return to unspecified duties in Public Works, an email from City Manager John Szerlag sent to members of the Cape Coral City Council Friday states.

“Please know that the investigation of Mr. Mike Ilczyszyn is still ongoing. However, I have reassigned him to the Public Works Department pending the outcome,” Szerlag’s email states.

The email does not address the duties Ilczyszyn is to perform nor does it address why the city manager is bringing him back in a re-assigned role while the investigation continues.

“The city manager decided that rather than having Mr. Ilczyszyn stay at home on paid leave he preferred to have him working in some capacity until the investigation is complete,” said Connie Barron, city spokesperson, said in explanation.

Ilczyszyn has been on paid administrative leave since early December following a domestic violence complaint.

Ilczyszyn, who denied the allegation, was not arrested and the State Attorney’s Office did not file criminal charges.

Following the State Attorney’s determination of “no further action,” however, Szerlag authorized an administrative investigation to be conducted by outside counsel.

The city has paid Ilczyszyn $52,836 since he was placed on leave Dec. 7, according to information provided by the city.

Szerlag appointed Ilczyszyn as the city’s assistant city manager in March 2015, starting him at $115,000 per year in the administrative No. 2 spot. Ilczyszyn had been filling the role on an interim basis since September 2014.

As assistant city manager, Ilczyszyn has oversight responsibility of the city of Cape Coral’s service departments, City Clerk, Finance, Human Resources and Information Technology, as well as the utilities extension project.

He began his career with the city in 2002 as a water plant operator at the city’s reverse osmosis plant. His focus on identifying process improvements at the plant led to his promotion to business manager for the Public Works Department in 2007. In 2011, Ilczyszyn transferred to the City Manager’s Office, where he directed and oversaw special projects.

Ilczyszyn has a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and a master’s degree in public administration, both from Florida Gulf Coast University.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect compensation paid through the administrative leave period.