When City Manager Glen Rojas announced his intention to retire in July, Menlo Park faced a dilemma.
Voters passed Measure L, a pension reform initiative, in November, but the changes won't take effect for at least another six months, until the contract with a union representing city employees expires in October. If the city hires a new manager from outside Menlo Park before the measure takes effect, that hire would fall under the current pension policy with higher benefits.
The council will consider its options during its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 26. Mr. Rojas offered to stay on for another six months under a contract that would pay the same $18,369 monthly salary he makes now, but saves the city an estimated $4,700 per month in benefit costs, according to the staff report. He would also earn no vacation or sick leave hours.
Personnel director Glen Kramer confirmed that Mr. Rojas would receive both his pension and a monthly salary -- as does Mr. Kramer, who retired Dec. 29 before returning as a contractor on Jan. 3 and who makes $68.40 per hour on top of his $10,877 monthly pension. Retired employees are limited by CalPERS to working 960 hours per year as contractors.
Other options include selecting a manager from within the city ranks, which would save the most money, based on the staff report, or recruiting from outside Menlo Park.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Civic Center, 701 Laurel St.