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New City Manager Gets $210,000 Contract

The official is guaranteed to make no less than 110 percent of the next-highest paid city employee.

The city's incoming city manager was guaranteed a $210,000 salary today.

The approved a contract for Bob Johnson, currently one of three assistant city managers, during a meeting today at the .

Johnson was chosen on July 10 to replace Shawn Nelson, the current city manager, who will retire at the end of 2011.

To read about Nelson's retirement, click here.

Johnson will make less than 2/3 of Nelson's salary, according to his contract. The current city manager makes a base salary of $336,288 annually, according to the state controller's Local Government Compensation report.

Johnson is guaranteed to make no less than 110 percent of the next-highest paid city employee, according to City Attorney Peter Thorson.

To see a list of the 10 highest-paid city employees,

He will get $11,280 worth of benefits, $11,000 annually in deferred compensation to a retirement plan and seven and a half days of leave time annually. That same amount of unused leave time carries over to the next year, Thorson wrote in a report.

He will also get a vehicle allowance of $500 per month -- or $6,000 annually -- and be reimbursed for milage when traveling for city business.

Negotiating Johnson's contract lasted several months, according to Councilmember Chuck Washington.

The contract will save the city nearly $300,000, after Nelson's benefits and other compensations are taken into account, according to Councilmember Mike Naggar.

Before joining the city's staff, Johnson was the planning director for the County of Riverside.

"The best thing the City of Temecula ever did was stealing him from the County of Riverside," said Mayor Ron Roberts. "We got the best at a reasonable price."

Johnson's current position will be unfilled when he leaves, accoring to Thorson.

His future salary is in the lower third of the amount city managers get for managing Californian cities with populations of about 100,000, according to the State Controller's Office.

To see a schedule of city manager salaries in California, click on the photo gallery above.

 

 

Johnson will be employed at will, according to Thorson. "He can be terminated at any time, with or without cause, by Council action of three affirmative votes," the attorney wrote.

He cannot be fired within six months of a new city council member being elected. If terminated, he will get six months salary. He will get nothing if he is charged with or convicted of a felony or caught engaging in corrupt conduct, the report says.

The new manager's performance will be evaluated annually, the report stated.

Jerry Simeon September 15, 2011 at 02:50 PM
Popeye, (I've been called that since childhood.... no tolerance for bullies) I understand "tongue-in-cheek" comments.... and I know you didn't miss the point of Pac..... City servants and elected officials at one time received only a small stipend for their service to the community.... because they "belonged " to it and were "committed" to it. They're vested interest was their families, friends, and the future of their constituents. I've worked with these beautiful people following in my father's and family members footsteps. There may have been some power mongering and even political influence, but a lot of work and accomplishment. The benefits far outweighed the mistakes of a few. We would not be where we are to date without these people. In more modern times, more likely than not, city (and government) servants are viewed as crooks, carpetbaggers, and charlatans with nothing driving them except self indulgence. The "checks and balance" system must remain effective or we are destined to rely on the virtues of those we elect and appoint. There are still many unsung heroes in our society that dedicate their valuable time, energy, and efforts for the betterment of all..... I'll wager that you know many of them.
Popeye September 15, 2011 at 05:38 PM
I don't miss the point, it's very opinionated when people try to place a value on what they think is the correct salary of a public employee. I never been a public employee, but if my salary was made available to the public, I am sure people would critical that I should not make that much.
Popeye September 15, 2011 at 07:29 PM
Where did you get that amount? I am pretty sure he left his private sector job making more than he is making in the public sector.
Jerry Simeon September 15, 2011 at 09:00 PM
Actually, Pac/Popeye, the premise for a huge salary is "worth". How much more you can accomplish, achieve, or earn over and above your salary to the benefit of your employer (and yourself). It is like every salesman's dream to earn big commissions with residual income.... so I repeat "this guy had better be good at something besides posturing, delegating and meetings."
AFR September 16, 2011 at 12:54 AM
Just have Pac do it for free since he's willing to cap public sector wages and benefits and give what they earn to social programs. Don't they have a name for people that believe in that theory.....oh yeah, it's Socialists!
TVOR September 16, 2011 at 05:01 AM
I don't know a hell of a lot about what it takes to run a city but I do know this. The people running this city have done a hell of a great job doing their jobs. The income level in this city is higher than probably any other city in Riverside county. The fact that this city has a healthy financial reserve, a multitude of free public services, an excellent police officer to citizen ratio, and a business atmosphere that is attracting businesses to our city even in this down economy, is proof that these folks are doing a great job. The man will make in the lower third of city managers of comparably sized cities in this state. I think the citizens of our city are getting a great deal with Mr. Johnson and we should be glad for it.
Popeye September 16, 2011 at 11:42 AM
All the racist remarks you have been posting. You must think you are pretty safe from not being traced and watched by the government. keep it up, they are collecting data on you. They will find you.
temeculan September 16, 2011 at 03:18 PM
I agree with Pacificmarlin - In our wacky "left coast" state all the Gov'ment elite get paid big bucks. And, yes - in the private sector (where results matter) $200K is top money folks. Going to lunch with Govment lawyers shouldn't get you a fat pension for life.
Jerry Simeon September 16, 2011 at 03:53 PM
To the "Complaint" department and "Suggestion" box.... There are millions of people who have lost their income, their homes, their families, self esteem, and "where-with-all" to do anything for themselves due mostly to the regimentation and level of expectation they have received since childhood. What do we do? We tout our God given affluence and call anyone trying to rectify this miserable economy and jobs status as "Socialists" to cover up the lack of intelligence to do anything about it? Maybe crime is the answer.... Don't feel so smug in your little glass house of (credit) cards. We have some very serious problems to resolve that are not any fault of our own. Yet, there are those who continue to support and revere the rich and the charlatans that created this mess.... Stop being a fool, The large majority of jobs created in this country are by Small Business not rich corporations and billionaires. They don't spend money on themselves let alone others unless there is something to gain from their display of beneficence or for political influence.... its unbelievable stupidity effecting not only our own country, but the world's economy also.
Popeye September 16, 2011 at 04:29 PM
Hate to bust the 200k bubble but 200k is middle class worker in the private sector.
Jerry Simeon September 16, 2011 at 06:13 PM
PostScript: Try belonging to something Greater than yourselves and self interests besides God. It's called the UNITED States Of America with liberty and justice for all not just the affluent..... Of course, this is over simplifying!.... We were all born and survived for a reason.... For what reason do you exist??? To follow and promote the philosophy of Diogenes?
Jerry Simeon September 16, 2011 at 06:14 PM
The city of San Diego is publicly airing their dirty laundry on this very subject today.
temeculan September 17, 2011 at 07:28 AM
Popeye - you don't know what you're talking about. $200K annual salary with pension and cheap health care is not the norm for private section jobs. Pensions went out with leaded gas and, well, Popeye the sailor.
Popeye September 18, 2011 at 01:33 AM
I am in the private sector. I have a pension from my company. The VPs make between 500k and 1 million dollar salaries. Don,t get me started on stock options. That's in the millions.
temeculan September 18, 2011 at 03:45 AM
I will get you started because you're wrong. There might be a few at the top who make those kind of bucks but I'll tell you what: I would rather have the free market (which is what determines most compensation deals in this world) than an opinion like yours as to "who gets what". Your boy, Barry, is trying to control executive compensation now and you probably should support him. I'm in the private sector too and I got stock options at one time but not for the last three years. You're out of touch my friend.
TVOR September 19, 2011 at 12:37 AM
If you are unhappy with the salaries of public officials then there is a process by which you can address it. But be careful what you wish for, reduce the salaries of the city leadership to around $100K and see what quality of people you get to do their jobs. Part of the reason the salaries are what they are is to attract well qualified candidates. You cannot gain the experience needed to run a city without being in leadership positions for a long time. Anyone who has been there and gained that kind of experience is likely already making well over $100K so why would they go work for a city for less money and with the politics that go along with city management? You get what you pay for.
temeculan September 19, 2011 at 04:27 AM
Attn: TVOR - "Quality of people". That sounds great. Like the quality of our congress. Or maybe the quality of the people who run GM or Chrysler. It seems like the higher the "quality" the more it costs to bail their butts out! "Qualified candidates" - like the head of the Government Workers Unions. They've done a super job. Here's a bit of "high priced consulting" information for everyone that worships their government - we're BROKE! Do you think any of these "Qualified Candidates" gives a rats behind that the state/country is bankrupt? Not one of them has a Gov'ment 101 clue how to fix the problem but, HEY, I "deserve" the "big salary" and "lifetime pension" even though I have "CLUE NONE" how to fix the problems. Give me a break.
Jerry Simeon September 19, 2011 at 02:05 PM
Total fictional rubbish!! Thank God the majority of true professionals don't think like this. This is the mentality of the Wall street bandits. Paying loads of money for entrenched "Big Frogs" in little "ponds" is ridiculously and costly promotion of incompetence. Nepotism and Collusion is the city of Bell's Idea of this philosophy and you know where that lead..... In a capitalist society, everyone knows that competition brings out the best in people. People who dupe the public and continue to swill at the public troughs should be arrested for fraud not compensated.
Jerry Simeon September 19, 2011 at 02:08 PM
The main reason that many of the jobs are exported is due to the words "Quality" and "Consistency". The catch word today is "Value" too, not expensive incompetence.
Jerry Simeon September 19, 2011 at 02:22 PM
Thank you!!.... It bears repeating, We have some very serious problems to resolve that are not any fault of our own. Yet, there are those who continue to support and revere the rich and the charlatans that created this mess.... Stop being a fool, The large majority of jobs created in this country are by Small Business not rich corporations and billionaires and highly paid do-nothing politicians that continue to dupe the public with their rhetoric and lies. They refer to the problem solvers as "Socialists" to promote their cause. They don't spend money unless there is something to gain from their display of beneficence or for political influence.... its unbelievable stupidity effecting not only our own country, but the world's economy also. In a capitalist (pseudo or otherwise) society competition is what brings out the best not Nepotism and political egalitarianism.
TVOR September 20, 2011 at 04:22 AM
Gee, you speak like you know me, and yet you are completely wrong in your assumptions about what I believe. I absolutely believe in representation by the people. I think most of the politicians out there at the state and federal level are an embarrasment to our society. My only point was that if you want people running the city who know what they are doing it will cost a certain amount. The same thing is true of private business. Hire cheap labor, get cheap results. You make assumptions about me that are baseless and incorrect.
Jerry Simeon September 20, 2011 at 04:20 PM
Some people don't realize how their words speak volumes about who they are and what they stand for. Someone used the word "niggard" to describe a person who takes all they can get and wants (even expects) more than everyone else whether they deserve it, earn it or not. Others even support and idolize this "imperialistic capitalist" trend in our society....... Maybe they think too that the other Managers, leaders, and professionals in our city are incapable of performing their jobs adequately to the extent that we need one more incompetent telling them what to do??? If you believe in representation by the people, who voted for this guy??
temeculan September 21, 2011 at 04:49 AM
Jerry - Wrong on all counts dude - 1) The definition of niggard: " A stingy, grasping person; a miser". (no idea where what dictionary you're using. 2) a "capitialist" is someone who owns a business. Like they guy you take your laundry to. Where you got "Imperialist", I have no idea. 3) You think our Leaders don't need to hear from us? You actually think they are performing their jobs capably? I think you're visiting the Pot shop on Front street Jerry. Tip: Stay out of it.
Jerry Simeon September 21, 2011 at 02:02 PM
A noun and a verb.... Obviously you don't own a dictionary of modern "political terminology". Try looking up the definitions of the words in the definitions and pseudonyms also...... something people tend not to do except to spin a context..... Why use it at all?? One person's definition is "a word you get fired for using". The term "imperialist capitalist" is a reference that has been used by people of other countries for many years when referring to the attitude and aggressiveness of Americans. Look up "condescending" and "ignorant" also while you're at it.
temeculan September 21, 2011 at 02:33 PM
Hey jerry - "Political terminology"...really? And, referencing the word you wrote in your blog: "niggard"...we have no idea why you did that, sir. (perhaps you can enlighten us). And...you are referring to a term that "people of other countries" are using about Americans? So, you're one of those "hate America" people? Finally...You continue to define the last two words you reference, sir. It annoys you that someone challenges your BS.
Jerry Simeon September 21, 2011 at 04:50 PM
Jerry Simeon 9:49am on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 My apologies for that impression.... but if you re-read what you wrote earlier you might see that you described the Republican party today. I just couldn't get what J.J. McClure said and was searching for a meaning. Maybe he meant the word "niggle", "niggler" ?? (American Political Correctness & the word "Niggardly"- Anders Jacobsen) - "avaricious"
temeculan September 22, 2011 at 04:36 AM
Jerry, What are talking about and who is JJ? Are you on something?
Jerry Simeon September 22, 2011 at 11:56 AM
Comment this subject Thurs., Sept 15, 6:09 A.M...... You 're a Niggler too aren't you?? A lazy one at that. Typical, political, obstructionist with no real purpose except to demean others? Who's holding the carrot in front of your nose, clown? What I am "on" is positive thought, action, and results. You seem to have cornered the market on the "Niggling" to no real effect. Typical of your type. I call it "the revenge of the 'C' students".... like George Bush, cronies, and followers. Have you read his book? Have you read his cronies' books? Ridiculous. Maybe you think like Warren Buffet? Stimulate the economy by giving $5 billion to Bank of America (the black hole) or you think that the banks and corporations on government subsidy will resolve this economy. Your words are like you.... smoke and stench.
Jerry Simeon September 22, 2011 at 01:08 PM
P.S. Maybe you haven't heard...... the rich are getting richer; http://finance.yahoo.com/career-work/article/113540/forbes-400-richest-americans-2011.html?mod=career-leadership Tune in to your favorite stock market analysis channel. You may get a good understanding of the rest of the world outside of your "Bubble Boy" existence. Closer to home; http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_census22.3a4023a.html
Jerry Simeon September 25, 2011 at 07:34 PM
P.S. Maybe you haven't heard...... the rich are getting richer; http://finance.yahoo.com/career-work/article/113540/forbes-400-richest-americans-2011.html?mod=career-leadership Tune in to your favorite stock market analysis channel. You may get a good understanding of the rest of the world outside of your "Bubble Boy" existence. Closer to home; Riverside County http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_census22.3a4023a.html There's been protesting by the Educated Jobless on Wall Street for over a week no Nattional News is covering it.

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