By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted Dec. 20, 2015 at 5:21 PM

VICTORVILLE — Without a pay raise for four years, City Manager Doug Robertson’s new contract through June 2019 will pay him $21,875 per month after the City Council last week approved the deal.

The contract aligns Robertson’s total compensation package with his peers, meaning the city managers in neighboring municipalities, Victorville spokeswoman Sue Jones said.

The contract is also retroactive to July 1.

“The amounts representing the retroactive adjustment to salary shall be made in one lump sum payment within sixty (60) days of the execution of this agreement,” according to a copy of the deal.

Based on the recommendation of a two-councilmember subcommittee tasked with negotiating the deal, Robertson’s new base salary amounts to $262,500. Jones said while Robertson’s salary is higher than other city managers in the area, a lower benefits package puts his total compensation on par with the others.

A year ago, the Daily Press reviewed the pay of city managers in the High Desert using then-state Controller John Chiang’s public employee salary database. By regular pay alone, Robertson’s $225,000 salary topped the list, but he was third-highest paid overall when accounting for benefits packages as well, falling behind then-Adelanto City Manager Jim Hart and then-Hesperia City Manager Mike Podegracz.

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