SLO Council approves raise for Dietrick, bonus for Lichtig
June 3, 2015
San Luis Obispo City Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to give City Manager Katie Lichtig a cash bonus and City Attorney Christine Dietrick her fourth raise in four years. Dan Carpenter dissented.
The council also granted Lichtig a car allowance of $450 a month, or $5,400 annually, a benefit that Lichtig previously waived. Lichtig’s cash bonus is a one-time payment of $7,600, and Dietrick’s raise increases her base salary by more than $12,000.
The raise bumps Dietrick’s salary from $175,006 to $187,252. Previously, Dietrick received a 3.5 percent raise in 2012, followed by a 4.5 percent bump in pay in 2013 and a 4.2 percent salary increase last year.
City Human Resources Director Monica Irons says Dietrick’s salary has been well below the median of comparable markets in recent years. Prior to her latest raise, Dietrick was receiving $256,759 in total compensation.
Lichtig’s base salary is $221,500. Prior to receiving the car bonus, Lichtig was making $313,031 in total compensation.
The council hired both Lichtig and Dietrick in 2010. Lichtig has not received an increase in her base salary since being hired.