Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/19/2012 08:47:11 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The City Council on Monday unanimously struck down an attempt by City Clerk Gigi Hanna to increase her salary to the level she said she was led to believe she would be earning, saying it would send a bad message as the city asked other employees to sacrifice.

“I don’t care what you were told. I would’ve verified that information if it were me,” said City Councilwoman Wendy McCammack. “That is a signal to the (citizens) that we’re actually serious about reducing the top level in terms of pay.”

Hanna, who took office March 5, will continue to make $9,302 per month, which is $111,624 per year.

She expected to make $11,307 per month based on the fee she paid to register as a candidate, which is set at 2 percent of a year’s salary.

That would correspond to “Step 11” on the city’s salary scale system, which is based on years of experience.

Linn Livingston, the city’s director of human relations, said such a level seemed appropriate given Hanna’s degree and 25 years of experience in related fields.

But this is her first year as city clerk. Former City Clerk Rachel Clark started at Step 1 despite years working for the city before that, Livingston said.

Councilman Fred Shorett said he felt conflicted about the vote.

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