Pay Hikes Proposed For Police Chief & Assistant City Manager

$10,000 a year hikes for each would be offset by City Manager Chris Zapata taking a $20,000 cut.


City Manager Chris Zapata has recommended that the City Council approve five-year contracts that would give Police Chief Sandra Spagnole and Assistant City Manager Lianne Marshall raises of $10,000-a-year each -- offset by Zapata taking a $20,000 cut in his $223,000 a year salary.

If approved, Spagnoli and Marshall start 2013 with annual paychecks of $187,000 a year ($15,583/mo).

Over the five year contract Spagnoli would earn increases of 12.5 percent and Marshall 11.5 percent.

Both employees would commit to paying their full pension contribution -- 9 percent of salary for the chief and 8 percent for the assistant city manager.

Spagnoli and Marshall would each earn 25 days a year of vacation which they could sell back to the city if unused.

It would cost the city five months pay to fire either senior employee before the end of their contract, unless they are removed "for cause" -- breaking the law or committing some other specified acts.

Currently, the Mayor, City Council members and City Manager are the only employees who pay their full employee pension contribution.

Rob Rich November 15, 2012 at 03:58 AM
The salaries are generous, but Chris, a new hire, offering up a $20k pay cut to give the other 2 a raise, sounds like a team player.
Fred Eiger November 15, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Overpaid and underworked. What a waste of money.
Richard Eisenman November 15, 2012 at 09:20 PM
If Zapata quits next year and the next City manager wants $220K, then what? Maybe the best move would be to consolidate the SLPD with Alameda county (like neighboring San Lorenzo and Castro Valley) and then we wouldn't even need a Police chief.
Mike November 15, 2012 at 10:02 PM
San Lorenzo and Castro Valley are patrolled by the sheriff, ask business's in unincorporated San Leandro how thats working out.
Richard Eisenman November 15, 2012 at 11:42 PM
San Leandro already outsources its fire department to Alameda County. The same could be done with the Police department. See: http://www.sanleandro.org/depts/fire/default.asp There are rational arguments for consolidation: economy of scale and elimination of administrative duplication. By the way, that San Leandro city web link still shows Sheldon Gilbert as the Alameda Co. Fire Chief even though he retired already.


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