R.C.’s new city managers to receive less than Lam
Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 07/05/2011 05:05:28 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – The City Council is expected to approve the contract of the incoming city manager at its regular meeting tonight.

If approved, Assistant City Manager John Gillison will receive an annual compensation package of $262,568, with a benefits package worth $67,440.

Gillison is expected to replace City Manager Jack Lam on Sept. 1. Lam, who is retiring after serving as city manager for 22 years, earns $333,808 annually, with a benefits package worth $84,422.

Last week, Gillison and City Attorney Jim Markman finalized contract negotiations. When factoring in deferred compensation, the city is expected to save $93,560 a year with the new city manager contract.

“I think it’s a lot of money,” said Councilman Bill Alexander about Gillison’s contract. “But unfortunately there are too many opportunities for people to take jobs in other communities. You don’t want to lose good people. I believe the council did a satisfactory job of keeping (the salary) at this level. It’s certainly less than what we had before.”

Last month, the City Council voted 4-1, with Alexander dissenting, to promote Gillison.

Gillison’s contract lists a number of offenses that equate to grounds of termination including conviction of a crime and falsification of any city report or record. The contract also stipulates that Gillison could be fired without cause with only a simple majority vote, or three of five City Council votes. Under Lam’s employment agreement, a super-majority, or four of five votes, is needed to terminate his contract.

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