Colton’s Foster accepts 10% less; further staff salary cuts possible
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/18/2011 11:27:53 PM PST

COLTON – Citing the city’s tough financial position and the need for city employees from the top down to make sacrifices, the City Council on Tuesday approved a reduction of more than 10 percent to City Manager Rod Foster’s salary.

Foster volunteered for the cut, which he had negotiated in several closed-session meetings with the city attorney and council. The changes went into effect immediately.

“As we’re facing a myriad of issues in Colton, I felt it was appropriate to take the initiative and give a sizeable concession to demonstrate to the community our commitment to provide a top level of service in the most cost- effective manner,” Foster said.

Foster’s base salary dropped 6 percent to $206,800. He also waived
cost-of-living adjustments and several stipends and began paying more of his contribution the Public Employees Retirement System.

Those and other changes are estimated to decrease his salary by about 11 percent immediately and as much as 19.73 percent by July 1, 2012, when other benefits would have gone into effect.

Foster’s contract was also extended to December 2014, a one-year increase – “like the other bargaining units are beginning to consider,” the staff report notes.

Those other units – namely the police and fire unions – should take note, said several members of the public and the council.

“Their lesson needs to come from the leadership of Rod, and follow his lead,” Councilman David Toro said. “He’s put all the issues and the critics to rest, and now it’s time to act.”

Foster’s salary had been a target for opponents of proposed cuts to the police and fire departments.

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