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Atherton city manager and police get pay raises

 

Atherton police officers and City Manager George Rodericks have been awarded pay increases.

The Atherton City Council on Sept. 21 approved a contract with the Atherton Police Officers Association that gives officers and sergeants raises totaling 11.5 percent over the next three years, but asks them to pay part of the town's retirement contributions in exchange. The contact had already been ratified by the association.

The previous three-year-contract included no annual raises.

With the savings in pension contributions offset by the raises, the contract is expected to cost the town $250,925 over its three-year life. The average raise in salary and benefits for officers and sergeants is a little more than $3,000 a year.

The police dispatchers will receive larger average raises, a little less than $4,300 in salary and benefits each year, after a salary survey found they were being paid 8 percent less than other surveyed dispatchers.

City Manager George Rodericks also received a raise, bringing him to a base salary of $209,725 a year, plus an annual $4,800 auto allowance and an annual $3,000 technology allowance. His contract also calls for a midterm evaluation in January, after which he could be awarded a bonus of up to $15,000.

Mr. Rodericks' base salary was $160,000 when he was hired in October 2012, when he was expected to take advantage of free housing in Holbrook-Palmer Park. He was given a raise to $190,000 the following July when he said he could not move to Atherton for personal reasons.

Both votes were unanimous with council member Bill Widmer abstaining because he was not present for earlier discussions of the contracts.

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