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Redlands city manager and city attorney to get raises


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By Sandra Emerson , Redlands Daily Facts
Redlands city manager and city attorney to get raises, pay
own retirement
REDLANDS>> The City Council on Tuesday approved new contracts for the city manager and city attorney,
which include salary increases and a change in their retirement contributions.
City Manager N. Enrique Martinez and City Attorney Dan McHugh are set to get a 3 percent increase to their
base salaries, effective immediately, and an additional 3 percent increase in 2016.
They will get an additional 7 percent bump to their salaries in order to compensate for their having to pay 7
percent toward retirement, which they were previously not doing.
“It’s been seven or eight years since anybody had a raise,” said Mayor Paul Foster on Wednesday. “The
percentages are based on the same percent many bargaining groups got. Those two individual senior
managers report directly to the council. They had not benefited from any type of adjustment in all those
years.”
These salary increases follow increases negotiated with several of the city’s employee groups, which were
approved by the council in April.
The council agreed to the changes during closed session and approved the new contracts during open
session. The contracts were made available online Wednesday morning.
With the 7 percent and the 3 percent increases, Martinez’s base salary increases from $240,487 to about
$265,041 in the first year of the contract.
McHugh’s base salary will increase from $212,659 to about $234,371 in the first year.
Of that, Martinez and McHugh will each be paying the 7 percent to PERS that the city used to pay on their
behalf.
The increases in base salary also means increases in taxes and other benefits paid by the city, said Carl
Baker, city spokesman, who confirmed all of the figures by phone Wednesday.
Martinez’ new contract will cost the city about $9,500 during the first year and $9,700 in the second year. On
top of that the city will pay about $3,800 more annually.
McHugh’s new contract will cost the city about $8,200 for the first year and $8,500 for the second year. On
top of that the city will pay about $3,100 more annually.
“What (Martinez) will see is the 3 percent. The 7 percent is a wash for him and Dan,” Baker said.
According to the State Controller’s Office website, in 2013, Martinez received $354,366 in wages, retirement
and health benefits; and McHugh, $331,315.
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Martinez, who was hired in 2007, is eligible for lifetime medical and dental insurance through the city after
being employed there for 15 years, which is offered to all city employees.
The city cannot reduce Martinez’ annual base salary or benefits unless the same reductions are made to the
Redlands Association of Management Employees’ agreements.
The new contracts also include language now required following the scandal in the city of Bell.
Martinez and McHugh, who was hired in 1994, are at-will employees and can be terminated with or without
cause at any time.
If terminated without cause, they would be eligible for severance pay.
“Their contracts can be reviewed at any time at the request of any council member throughout the course of
the year,” Foster said.
Foster said he asked that the contract be framed and ready to fill in, in case changes were agreed upon in
closed session. An item was placed on the agenda as a placeholder.
The council approved the contracts without public discussion on Tuesday.
“It’s a confidential personnel matter that was discussed in detail in closed session,” Foster said. “Because it
was so simple and there wasn’t much to it, there wasn’t really a need to go into a lengthy conversation there
at the dais.”

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