Update The City Council voted 8-1, with Greg Tanaka dissenting, on Nov. 6 to approve salary increases for the four council-appointed officers. Read more here.
City Manager James Keene. Weekly file photo.
City Attorney Molly Stump. Courtesy city of Palo Alto.
City Auditor Harriet Richardson. Courtesy city of Palo Alto.
City Clerk Beth Minor. Weekly file photo.
The council is prepared to approve on Monday night a 5 percent raise for Keene and Stump and a 4 percent raise for Richardson and Minor. Because the four officials don't belong to any of the city's labor groups, the "merit-based increase" is the only mechanism the council has for increasing the compensation of the only four officials whom it directly appoints.
According to a Human Resources Department report that the city released Thursday evening, the increases were based on an evaluation of each of the four officials -- a process that typically begins in May and lasts several months. The council will vote on the salary adjustments on Monday.
The adjustment means that Keene's annual salary will go up from $298,542 to $313,477, while Stump's will increase from $270,712 to $284,253. Richardson's salary will go from $180,315 to $187,533; Minor's will go from $141,149 to $146,846.
The new salaries are retroactive to July 1, according to the staff report.
The salary adjustments for the four council-appointed officers are lower than those that the council had recently approved for much of the workforce. Last year, the council approved a three-year contract for the roughly 600 workers represented by the Service Employees International Union, which offered a 7.5 percent raise spread out over the three years along with further increases based on a market study.
The city's main police and firefighter unions -- the Palo Alto Police Officers' Association and the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 1319, also received 7.5 percent salary hikes spread out over three years, along with market adjustments. And earlier this year, the council approved a 15.5 percent salary increase with the city's four fire battalion chiefs.
According to the staff report, the raises for the four council-appointed officers will add about $55,000 in costs to the city budget.