Menlo Park city manager to get raise under new contract


Menlo Park City Manager Alex McIntyre will get a 9 percent raise and an increase to the city's contribution toward his retirement fund if the City Council approves a new contract that would extend his employment through March 2017.

The proposed contract is on the consent calendar for the council's meeting on Tuesday, June 2, meaning that unless a council member pulls the item for discussion, the contract will be approved without a public hearing -- a move some members of the community found surprising, given criticisms raised about the city manager's performance since he was hired in 2012.

Under the proposed contract, Mr. McIntyre's annual salary would increase from $199,000 to $217,500, according to the staff report, and the city would contribute an additional $7,500 to the $9,500 payment it already makes annually to his retirement fund.

The new terms also include giving Mr. McIntyre an amount each year as deferred compensation that equals what the city would have paid for his health insurance premium.

A survey of city manager compensation in 12 other cities in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties is included in the staff report. Mr. McIntyre's new base salary would be about 4 percent lower than average, based on the survey; his salary and cash benefits combined will be slightly above the average and median compensation for the surveyed cities, and his total compensation would be "slightly below the average and median comps for the surveyed cities," according to the staff report.

Tuesday's council meeting starts with a closed session at 6 p.m. in the administration building's first-floor conference room. Mr. McIntyre's contract is also on the closed-session agenda.

The closed session will be followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St.

The meeting will be streamed live online.

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Posted by Betty T
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 1, 2015 at 2:22 pm

He deserves it for putting up with the usual nasty ex-mayors. The same people who ran Jan Dolan out of town. How many city managers do you want to go through?

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 1, 2015 at 2:38 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

Ex employees can always do it better. Just ask them. It is also the usual people against everything in Menlo Park. Just putting up with the BS is worth a pay raise.

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Posted by pogo
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jun 1, 2015 at 3:12 pm

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9% must be nice...

How many employees are getting a 9% raise?

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Posted by lessons learned
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Jun 1, 2015 at 3:43 pm

lessons learned is a registered user.

If we're using nuisance factor as a metric, sounds as though our unpaid former council volunteers all deserve hefty gifts for having to put up with the arrogant insults of certain self-entitled members of the community.

Meanwhile, McIntyre surely deserves double the raise for managing to stay within the letter if not the spirit of the law. His model of sleaze serves as an inspiration to many of you.

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Posted by Menlo Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 1, 2015 at 10:42 pm

For putting up with Schmidt, Borak, Morris, and Robinson MacIntyre definitely earned his keep. Good thing Slocum and Fergusson weren't part of that lunacy or else we have to give him 20% to stay and he would have earned every penny.

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Posted by therapy
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 2, 2015 at 12:45 am

This is only the "Bargaining" phase of the greaving process for the die-hard Measure M crowd.

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Jun 2, 2015 at 7:30 am

9% does seem high considering teachers are only getting 3%!

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Posted by Egads
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 2, 2015 at 6:06 pm

McIntyre does not deserve to have his contract renewed. Doesn't matter what your political leaning may be, the guy has shown time and time again that he cannot be trusted to serve the residents nor the Council, he wastes money left and right and is arrogant in his communications . Bring in another developer friendly city manager with more integrity. We need a Less divisive City manager and one who is more transparent and can bring about the necessary changes to our community.

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 2, 2015 at 6:27 pm

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And how do you know he wasn't doing what the cc wanted. Just because he doesn't do your biding? He has performed what the CC wanted or he wouldn't be getting a pay raise. But then none of the people and be pleased all the time.

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Posted by Egads
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 2, 2015 at 6:47 pm

I was referring to his unprofessional and ethically challenged strategies to achieve his goals, which most likely do mirror those of the Council. Unless the Council is feigning the shock and surprise Each and everytime his methods are exposed.

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Posted by background
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 2, 2015 at 9:16 pm

Mr. Smith had the correct background to to create appropriate content for the city website. He worked as the Public Communication and Engagement Manager for Redwood City for over a decade, and has never worked as a political consultant.

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Posted by morris brown
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Jun 3, 2015 at 9:55 am

Well the Council on a 4 YES to 1 NO voted to extend McIntyre's contract, complete with a very nice raise.

Only Ray Mueller voted NO; congratulations to him for sticking up for integrity in Menlo Park Governance.

Video of this Issue can be seen on YouTube at:

Web Link

Council members Carlton,Cline,Ohtaki and Keith all voted for the extension, and spent about 20 minutes explaining their votes.

The POST today (6/03/2015) has a front page article with a headline of

"As one city councilman put it, it's not like he embezzled money"

Shame on these 4 councilpersons. Yesterday was a very black day for those who expect integrity in Menlo Park governance.

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Posted by Disappointed
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 3, 2015 at 11:16 am

Kudos to Councilman Mueller who was the sole vote against extending City Manager McIntyre's contract.

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Posted by Egads
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 3, 2015 at 3:22 pm

Talk about setting the bar LOW for the City of Menlo Park. Yeah, McIntyre hasn't been arrested for any criminal activity yet, so we'll keep him. And let's give him a hefty raise for being below average cause it's just too much to ask our elected officials to find someone more competent. Way to go City of Menlo Park, you've really done it this time. McIntyre is laughing all the way to the bank and the City Council look like total fools for approving a new contract.

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