Marina's new city manager will receive a $180,000 annual salary under a contract to be approved Tuesday by the City Council.
That figure alone reflects the council's long-held desire to trim executive pay levels.
The salary for City Manager Layne P. Long, who started his new job Monday, is the same one the council sought to impose last year on former 10-year manager Tony Altfeld, who was drawing about $220,000 a year when he was fired in March 2012.
"I think it's kind of at the market rate where it should be," Mayor Bruce Delgado said Monday. "We're not underpaying him, and we're not overpaying him."
Long, former city manager in Draper, Utah, was unanimously hired by the council from a pool of 75 applicants. Marina's city attorney and job recruiter negotiated his final contract under terms set by the council.
Under the contract, the council will consider salary increases annually for Long based on merit and cost-of-living increases received by other managers, and the "competitive market" for city managers in comparable cities.
The city will pay for Long and his family's health insurance and a $100,000 life insurance policy. He will also be provided a cellular phone and existing city vehicle for "use in the course of his employment and not for commuting or other personal use."
The city will pay dues to professional organizations for Long and provide an unspecified annual allocation to cover reasonable travel and lodging costs for meetings of the groups. But the contract says, "The employee shall make an effort to minimize cost to city."
Long will receive $5,000 to cover moving expenses and will be able to use a city-owned residence in Abrams Parks for up to six months with the city paying the rent.
If Long is terminated without cause, he would receive from nine to four months of severance pay, depending on how long he has held the job.
Another contract will be up for council approval Tuesday — a six-month agreement for Doug Yount, the city's former development services director who spent the past year as interim city manager.
Yount would resume his job as development services director until Sept. 1, but with "salary and other benefits" lowered to conform to the new city manager's lower starting pay, a council report says. Yount would get $14,000 a month.
Larry Parsons can be reached at 646-4379 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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·What: Marina City Council
·When: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday
·Where: 211 Hillcrest Ave., Marina
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