Atherton city manager pay talks go private
Original post made on Jan 17, 2013
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on Jan 17, 2013 at 7:17 pm
It is absurd that Atherton would change its contract after the fact and give the City Manager a higher salary. It was part of the job description that he would live in the house in Atherton for more than monetary reasons. It would be disgraceful and illegal to change now. The council members who disagree are looking for an easy way out at taxpayers' expense. A Manager who lives in Marin County is way out-of-touch with Atherton. Let's get a better candidate and dump this guy!
on Jan 17, 2013 at 10:30 pm
$60,000 raise after two months on the job. Good going, Liz Lewis.
In a phone interview Thursday, Lewis said she thought Rodericks should get an additional $60,000 since he won't be living in the house.
"I don't see it as a financial hardship to the town to pay the city manager his fair compensation," Lewis said.
Her asst. Cary Wiest agrees.
Newly elected Council Member Cary Wiest said increasing Rodericks' compensation should be considered because "circumstances do change" and recruiting another city manager would be costly.
on Jan 18, 2013 at 8:06 am
Looking at the video of last nights discussion on this matter (including remarks by Kathy McKeithen who was on committee to negotiate Mr Rodericks compensation) it is pretty clear he accepted moving into the managers house in the Park as part of his contract. There was a small travel allowance which expires in June. So it is clear that Rodericks and some members of the Council want to abrogate that compensation agreement and to do it in closed session.
This is completely wrong and if Mr Rodericks does not like what he accepted he should leave. The Council spent a whole year spending well over $10,000 to hire a law firm and consultants to mandate a new contract for the ten unrepresented employees. Ultimately, the saving to the town in pension contributions is $96,000 a year for this group. Now they are considering giving $30,000 more per year to Mr Rodericks so he can commute to Atherton and in addition maintain an empty house.
This just does not make sense in light of the frugality preached by Mr Dobbie. The new Council is starting off making a really bad financial decision in the face of morale bruising demand on the employees. Hold your nose.