Cambria general manager’s raise scrapped, for now
April 28, 2016
By KAREN VELIE
Amid growing outrage, the Cambria Community Services District will not be voting Thursday to approve a contract giving the district’s general manager a 38 percent pay increase. The agenda change appears to be prompted by public complaints following a CalCoastNews exclusive article on the proposed contract.
In addition, CalCoastNews has discovered large discrepancies in information about salaries the district provided to the state and salary amounts provided to the district’s board.
Since the board voted in 2011 to make Jerry Gruber its general manager at a salary of $150,000 a year plus benefits, his salary and benefits have steadily risen. The contract staff removed from the agenda would have grown Gruber’s salary to $221,984 by July 2020, or with benefits to about $310,778 a year.
A staff report discussing the proposed contract claims Gruber is currently making $167,240 a year in regular pay and does not provide the amount the district pays for his benefit package.
However, the amount of pay the district provided in its report in 2015 to the California State Controller’s Office does not reconcile.
According to California State Controller’s Office, the district paid Gruber $197,429 in total wages with a benefit package of $79.043, for a total of $276,472.
Gruber did not respond to the question of why the salary he reported to the state varies by more than $30,000 from this week’s staff report.
In March, because of financial shortfalls, the district raised its water and sewage rates by 116 percent. In January, while members of the public were fighting against the rate increase, the board was already negotiating a large pay raise for Gruber.