Jeff Smith 4 p.m., Dec. 20
Escondido set to approve big contracts for city manager, city attorney
The Escondido City Council is set to consider three-year contract extensions for City Manager Clay Phillips and City Attorney Jeffrey Epp at a meeting on Wednesday, June 26.
A couple of controversial items are being eliminated from the contracts, which are expected to garner approval from the council at Wednesday’s meeting. An “evergreen” clause allowing for continual contract renewal under similar terms is gone, as is a requirement that the City Manager’s base salary be set at “not less than the third highest city manager salary among San Diego County cities.”
The positions still have their perks, however. With base salaries set for the 2012-2013 fiscal year at $225,800 each according to city data, Phillips and Epp are set to receive a 3.95% raise effective July 1, plus another 2.95% next year and 4.95% the year after.
Total compensation also includes extras such as four weeks’ paid “management leave” (three of which can be converted directly to extra cash if not taken) in addition to regular vacation and sick time, a $750 per month car allowance, up to $1,000 per year to allow a spouse to travel with the manager to conferences (or for the purchase of computer equipment), and an agreement that the city covers 100% of the manager’s expected employee pension contribution plus an extra 7 percent to an individual deferred compensation plan.
“Clay and Jeff are two of the most professional, talented and experienced city officials in San Diego County. They have successfully implemented the City Council policies to achieve financial stability for the City during difficult times. I believe their continued service would serve the City’s best interest for the next three years,” said Escondido Mayor Sam Abed in a release announcing the proposal last week.
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