Raise for Dietrick, bonuses for Lichtig on tap at SLO Council

May 27, 2015
City Manager Katie Lichtig

City Manager Katie Lichtig

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.

Christine Dietrick

Christine Dietrick

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.

Rich in MB

Government does as Government is….when will you Big Daddy Government folks learn that some pigs are more equal than others in the Income inequality racket.

honest abe

total compensation? add in the pension benefit which nearly doubles the effective pay rate.

they get the $250 now and another 80% of it for 30 years when they retire.

only in the public sector, with tax payer money, does this exist.

pardon me while I throw up.


WTF do you need $250k+ a year for?? Are you spending $1000 everyday?? Absolutely ridiculous!


After state and federal income tax of approximately $60k, maxing their 401k at $24k (including age 50+ Catch-up), maxing their 457 at another $24k and paying into their lifetime pension at 3.5% or so (another $8750), that only leaves around $133k/year to live on (so more like $11k/month).

Based on those numbers, I think they need more money! Of course, they’ll retire millionaires for sitting around with their thumbs up their butts for 20 years, but I’d say they are underpaid.


You must be smoking CRACK if you think they need to be paid more!!


HE’s being sarcastic.


Most of these comments must be from non-citizens of SLO, or are from citizens that

choose to bitch; rather than vote.

You have EXACTLY the city council and city government you have because of who and what you elected. If you don’t like, or are now just realizing they are screwing you blind – then get rid of them.

It is absolutely beyond mind-boggling that the voters of SLO can accept over a

quarter of million dollars for each of these people. Come on, get real.


Completely agree. Anyone on the City Council voting for this nonsense will not get my vote in the next election. Period.


You’ve got to be joking, at what point does this become obscene and ridiculous?

This will be the epoch known for the public service oligarchy who all stood around the public cash register giving cash out to each other.


Jamie Irons had couldn’t afford the fireworks after he agreed to hire a new Deputy City Manager at $113,000 per year+benefits. They spent? the money on a parklet? The absolute worst City Council ever!


Monica Iron’s announcing the outrageous increases in the salary and benefit packages for select SLO employees, and Jeremy Iron’s announcing there will be NO fireworks show this year in Morro Bay. Why do we allow this?


When are we changing the city’s name to North Bell?


Are these two a couple?


A couple of whats ?


A couple idiots, to put it nicely


Is there a concern (LOL!!!) that either Lichtig or Dietrick will leave for greener pastures if they don’t get raises/bonuses? LOL!!!


Whatever else they may or may not be, Stupid does not apply.

Where, in God’s name, can you find greener pastures than what exists in SLO?

The only exception that comes to mind is being President of Cal Poly.