Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/16/2011 07:28:34 PM PDT

UPLAND – Although Upland’s city manager has been away from his job since January, his salary and benefits are still taking a chunk out of the city budget.

Robb Quincey was placed on paid leave of absence on Jan. 4 by the City Council, which has yet to decide whether to bring him back or let him go.

In the meantime, he’s costing the city about $38,000 a month in total salary and benefits.

The council could possibly make a decision within the next month or two, said Ray Musser, who was appointed mayor this month to replace John Pomierski, who resigned days before he was indicted by a federal grand jury.

“When the right time comes we will make a decision,” Musser said. “We understand the cost. We understand that. We are not sleeping at the wheel.”

The city’s municipal code prevents the council from terminating the city manager within 180 days of a general election if a new council member is elected.

Councilman Gino L. Filippi was elected Nov. 2, placing the end of the 180 days at the beginning of May.

According to the city’s budget for 2010-11, Quincey’s total annual compensation, including salary and benefits is $460,625. His base salary is $271,700. He gets an additional $96,829 in salary and other compensation, which includes a $3,000 a month housing allowance, an auto allowance and a technology allowance. He receives $92,096 in fringe benefits, which include retirement and a health cafeteria plan.

The city manager is one of 16 positions on the city payroll that are budgeted for more than $200,000 in salary and benefits this fiscal year. Assistant city manager, a vacant position, is one of them.

Another 30 city positions are budgeted for between $150,000 and $200,000 in salary and benefits. Of the 46 who receive more than $150,000 in total compensation, 15 are in the Police Department, 14 are in the Fire Department and 17 are administrators in other departments.

The mayor and City Council members are collectively budgeted for $176,614 this fiscal year.

The council placed Quincey on leave in January for unspecified reasons.

They made the city finance director, Stephen Dunn interim city manager. He is budgeted for $225,418 in total salary and benefits.

Dunn did not receive a pay bump for taking on the extra position.

“I feel I’m well compensated and it’s not about me, it’s about the community,” Dunn said.

Councilman Brendan Brandt said he could not comment on Quincey’s situation or salary.

“I am not able to comment on this matter at this time based on advice from our city attorney as it is a personnel matter while he is on administrative leave,” Brandt said.

When Quincey was hired by the city in March 2005 he was paid a base salary of $195,000, not including benefits.

The Daily Bulletin reported in December that Quincey had negotiated a $50,000 payment in two installments to a police union attorney. The payments were part of two settlements made in January 2010.

One of the settlements was a result of an Upland police sergeant’s lawsuit alleging he was passed over for a promotion because he had investigated a domestic incident involving Quincey.

The sergeant was promoted to lieutenant as part of the settlement.

The police report was given to the FBI by the Police Department as part of an ongoing investigation into Pomierski and others.

A week after Quincey’s removal, the City Council revoked the city manager’s authority to settle claims against the city.

Pomierski on March 2 was named in an 11-count indictment accusing him of conspiracy, extortion and bribery offenses in a scheme that led the owners of two businesses to pay $45,000 in bribes.

He pleaded not guilty on March 3 in federal court in Riverside.

Quincey’s past performance is being evaluated during his leave time, Filippi said.

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