Raise for Dietrick, bonuses for Lichtig on tap at SLO Council
May 27, 2015
City Attorney Christine Dietrick may receive her fourth raise in four years, and City Manager Katie Lichtig may walk away with a cash bonus and car allowance at the upcoming San Luis Obispo council meeting.
On June 2, the council will consider giving Dietrick a 7 percent raise that would bump her base salary from $175,006 to $187,252. Lichtig ought to receive a one-time payment of $7,600, as well as a car allowance of $450 a month, or $5,400 annually, according to a staff report prepared by Human Resources Director Monica Irons.
The council gave preliminary approval to the compensation increases during an April 22 closed session hearing in which it met with a consultant. Final approval must occur in open session.
In 2011, Lichtig agreed to waive her car allowance. She has not received a raise since her hiring in 2010.
Dietrick, who was also hired in 2010, received a 3.5 percent raise in 2012, followed by a 4.5 percent bumpy in pay in 2013 and a 4.2 percent salary increase last year.
Irons’s report states that Dietrick’s salary has been well below the median of the comparison market in recent years. Irons describes the proposed 7 percent raise as a “market equity adjustment” that the council deemed appropriate.
Dietrick currently receives $256,759 in total compensation.
Lichtig’s base salary is $221,500. She currently makes $313,031 in total compensation.