Speaking of city managers, in talking to La Puente Mayor Louie Lujan on Wednesday about Frank Tripepi’s recent appointment to transition manager, Lujan started talking about the possibility of La Puente needing to reevaluate it’s city manager salary when a full-time replacement is hired.
Lujan talked about the decreasing pool of qualified city managers out there. He also referred to this story (salaries.pdf) from the Press-Enterprise about upped city manager salaries.
I spotted a $300,000-something salary in there somewhere.
Carol Cowley was making roughly $140,000 when she retired last month. But that’s because, Lujan said, she didn’t have a degree and she had no experience.
If Tripepi were to stay on as a transition manager for a year, he’d make $240,000 in La Puente.
Lujan talked about a very narrow gap between the lowest and highest city manager salaries in the SGV. Let’s take a look.
In Rosemead, City Manager Oliver Chi makes about $178,000 a year.
Irwindale’s Robert Griego makes about $180,000.
Michelle Keith took a job as Bradbury’s city manager for $106,000 a year.
Covina’s former city manager Paul Phillips — who was city manager for eight years — got $95,280 as part of a six-month severance package when he was fired a few months back. Double that, and the figure you get was his outgoing salary.
Cynthia Kurtz, who is serving as Covina’s interim, is making $12,900 per month — if she were there for a year, she’d make $154,000.
And in Pasadena, Michael Beck makes about $265,000 a year.