SLO Council approves bonuses for Lichtig and Dietrick

May 4, 2016

SLO City Manager Katie LichtigThe San Luis Obispo City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve $5,000 retention bonuses for City Manager Katie Lichtig and City Attorney Christine Dietrick. Lichtig has now received bonuses two years in a row, and Dietrick has now received five bonuses or raises in five years.

As in 2015, Councilman Dan Carpenter cast the lone dissenting vote on the bonuses for Lichtig and Dietrick. The other four council members voted in favor of the financial rewards, even though all public comment on the matter — both written an oral — voiced opposition to the bonuses.

City staffers said they proposed $5,000 bonuses for Lichtig and Dietrick based on performance and the average pay of comparable markets in recent years. Residents who criticized the financial rewards said Lichtig and Dietrick are already overpaid.

Lichtig receives a base salary of $230,464, and her total yearly compensation is $321,021. Dietrick’s salary is $199,844, and her total compensation is $275,778.

By contrast, both Gov. Jerry Brown and California Attorney General Kamala Harris receive less than $200,000 a year in total compensation.

Christine Dietrick

Christine Dietrick

In 2015, the San Luis Obispo council granted Lichtig a car allowance of $450 a month, or $5,400 annually, and a cash bonus of $7,600. Dietrick received a 7 percent raise that increased her base salary by more than $12,000.

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 in 2014.

Licthtig has received criticism for rising staffing costs, as well as for high turnover of upper-level staff. In the past four years, the city has gone through four finance directors, four city clerks and two police chiefs.

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Dan Carpenter is the only principled politician south of Cuesta Grade. Vote him in over Ass Hill. WTH is a “retention bonus” anyway? $300k isn’t enough?

Just a big remand inder…SLO City Council Mayor Marx and Council Members Ashbaugn, Christianson, Rivoire voted for the two staff bonuses, as well as supported the increasing of the sales tax on the upcoming November ballot. AND ALL ENDORSED ADAM HILL. Need I say more!!!!! Dan Carpenter voted no on both issues. He will fight for you, the taxpayer! Vote for Dan Carpenter for Third District Supervisor on or before June 7.

We have had Jan Marx for 20 years, has she ever voted to not approve a bonus or raise?

This is an election issue, who else is running for Mayor?

Just signz z paper.

$5,000 for retention? That is a joke. I spill more than that.

What the heck, SLO?

This Council is so out of touch with the constituents who elected them. Time to clean house!

And yet they don’t, go figure

Such a joke. I am beyond being upset or mad at things such as these. It just really disgusts me.

Bend over residents of SLO, Mayor Marx has got your back.

Obviously, the fiduciary responsibility of the council is floundering. This is NOT Beverly Hills, it’s San Luis Obispo!

Holy cr@p!!!!

Of Course they did….the City of Flush with Measure G Tax money…ha ha ha….suckers.


Right on the money Rich! Hey people, what did you expect the approval to be????


The fleecing of the taxpayer rolls on.

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