It was short, sweet, and rather routine.
To cap off a long meeting that went late into the night of June 2, the SLO City Council voted 4-1 to award compensation increases to City Manager Katie Lichtig and City Attorney Christine Dietrick. The decision followed an annual process that assesses employee performance, lays out future goals, and considers salary and total compensation. The final vote of approval, in which Councilmember Dan Carpenter cast the sole “no” vote, was the first time that council discussed the increases in public.
The compensation bump is the first of its kind awarded to both Lichtig and Dietrick since they were hired in January 2010. Since then, both employees voluntarily took a compensation cut as the city weathered the recession. Now, Lichtig will get her $450-per-month car allowance back—bringing her total annual compensation to $318,431—and a one-time $7,600 “incentive bonus.” Dietrick will receive a 7 percent raise, upping her annual salary to $187,252, and total compensation to $269,005.
-- Melody DeMeritt - former city council member, Morro Bay