SLO city attorney slated for third straight raise

May 14, 2014
Christine Dietrick

Christine Dietrick

Correction: The proposed raise would be Dietrick’s third raise in three years, not her third raise in four years.

San Luis Obispo City Attorney Christine Dietrick is due for another pay raise.

A year after receiving a 4.5 percent salary increase, Dietrick is slated to receive a 4.2 percent bump in pay. If Dietrick receives the salary increase, it will be her third in three years. She previously received a 3.5 percent pay raise in April 2012.

At its upcoming May 20 meeting, the San Luis Obispo City Council will likely increase Dietrick’s salary by slightly more than $7,000. Following a council review of Dietrick’s performance, Mayor Jan Marx and Human Resources Director Monica Irons are recommending that the council raise her base salary from $168,000 to $175,006.

The proposed raise comes just one month after the city spent more than $2 million paying down its legal insurance liability. In February 2013, the city learned that it had accrued $3.1 million in legal liability owed to the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority.

The CPJIA also raised the city’s annual rate by $74,000 after the city lost a costly lawsuit over its practice of ticketing the homeless.

Dietrick already makes significantly more than California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who earned a $143,571 salary in 2013.

The council also reviewed the performance of City Manager Katie Lichtig, but no changes to her contract are proposed.

Also at next week’s meeting, the council will consider awarding itself pay raise. A committee on council member compensation is recommending changes to salaries and benefit structure that would allow council members to earn $4,800 more annually. The mayor’s pay could increase by $6,000 annually under the proposal.



  1. wineguyjc says:

    So she gets another raise. She gave the City direction on Measure A & B, then PD filed a PERB complaint and guess what PD won = piss poor legal advice. She gave advice to council on the homeless issue and the end result is that it cost the City hundreds of thousands of dollars due to piss poor legal advice. She gave council piss poor legal advice on the idiots who illegally dumped hazardous waste at the back of the City Yard. The record is clear of piss poor legal advice and council gives her a raise. Councils expectations must be really low.

    Also, remember last time the City got measure Y passed they gave employees huge raises. So whY is measure Y important – this valuable employees need more money to pay for their screw ups.

    (18) 18 Total Votes - 18 up - 0 down
  2. SLOthinker says:

    With inflation running around 1.5% most people in the private sector are quite thankful if they can get a 2% raise. She is averaging 4% for the last three years.


    (37) 41 Total Votes - 39 up - 2 down
  3. SLOBIRD says:

    Let us not forget the NEW POSITION that was created for her brother by Ms. Monica Irons (Human Resource Director: Jamie Iron’s wife, Katie Lichtig’s landlord) who had previously placed him in when a position that opened so he could get the experience he didn’t have and then he failed the test and bang, a new position was recently created.

    She has failed the taxpayers of this City big time but she has served Katie and Jan Marx very well and I guess at the end of the day that is what counts. Elect a new Council/Mayor and oust this useless employee along with a few others.

    (41) 45 Total Votes - 43 up - 2 down
  4. rogerfreberg says:

    well, at a minimum its bad PR… but then we need to pay for various perks the council gives themselves. I am still a bit amazed at John Ashbaugh’s compensation…

    (25) 33 Total Votes - 29 up - 4 down

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