Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 05/11/2012 02:53:23 PM PDT

UPLAND – As the city pieces together its 2012-13 fiscal year budget, it is faced with negotiations with employee groups and ever-increasing pension costs.

In 2011, numerous city employees earned more than $100,000 in compensation, including 26 out of 205 non-safety employees, 36 out of 42 fire personnel and 51 out of 85 police employees.

“Pensions. We need to look at it,” said Mayor Ray Musser. “We need to live within our budget, and the city manager just sent out a hiring freeze the other day. That tells you that it looks like there’s another tough year coming.”

Councilwoman Debbie Stone requested the compensation information during two council meetings.

She said she still needed more information before commenting.

The highest non-safety earner for 2011 was former City Manager Robb Quincey, who was on paid leave of absence until his termination in May.

He received $319,227 from the city.

He cashed out $208,992 in leave time.

Dunn said the city does not owe Quincey any more money.

“He was on the payroll through May. In the city’s position we owe him nothing. That’s being contested,” Dunn said.

The city is in arbitration with Quincey, who filed a claim against the city for wrongful termination, violating his contract and labor codes as well as defamation by Councilman Ken Willis and Mayor Ray Musser.

Quincey negotiated a contract with Upland police in December 2009 that will give them raises in the next fiscal year. By 2013, the city will pay the entire employee pension contribution for all sworn personnel.

“The problem we do have is police officers have a contract and that expires June 30, 2013,” Dunn said. “I have daily labor groups that are looking at that contract and saying, hey, the city has money to take care of them, (it) should have money to take care of us.”

Several of the city’s top 2011 earners retired that year, cashing in leave and sick time.

All three employee groups racked up more than $1.3 million in overtime costs.

Four public works employees totalled $116,895 in overtime costs.

Public works employees are on call and are sometimes called in to deal with situations that happen during their off hours.

Also, the city is only open four days a week, but some of the contractors work five or six days.

Dunn said the city has modified public works’ schedules in order to cut back on overtime costs.

Overtime in public safety has been increasing, partially due to contractual agreements.

Thirty-four fire personnel were paid overtime costs ranging from $5,000 to $31,000.

The Fire Department is required to have minimum staffing at each fire station, which requires firefighters to be called in on overtime when others are out sick.

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