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Grass Valley reveals pay, but not name, of new manager

Christopher Rosacker
Staff Writer

Municipal leaders in Grass Valley remained tight-lipped Friday on who has been tapped to become its new city manager, despite a closed-door meeting that day to grant the mayor approval to extend an employment offer.

"We have to play by the request of the individual, and that is what we are doing," said Mayor Dan Miller.

Following Friday's noon meeting, the city published an agenda for a Monday meeting to finalize contract signatures, at which time interim City Manager Jeff Foltz said his more-permanent successor will be named.

Along with that agenda was an employment contract, containing no names but outlining the specifics of what Miller offered to whomever is expected to be Grass Valley's city manager after converting from a city administrator form of government in early October.

That five-year contract refers to the unnamed city manager in the masculine gender form in several instances. It also offers a starting $163,000 base salary, subject to at least an annual review for increases.

Prior to his reported resignation in late August, City Administrator Dan Holler had a $135,574 base salary in 2012. He had garnered $93,859 of his 2013 salary by the time of his resignation.

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When Foltz was brought on in an interim capacity in October, it was at a rate of $65 per hour, which he had indicated matched Holler's pay. Assuming a 2,080-hour work year, the unnamed new leader has been offered approximately $78 an hour in salary.

Additionally, the city manager will receive the same health benefits as other city administrators with the city contributing toward medical, dental and vision insurance through the California Public Employees Retirement System health care system and for selected vision and dental insurance premiums.

Grass Valley will also provide $50,000 in life insurance and is willing to contribute $5,000 for a spouse and $1,500 for eligible dependent children.

Also, it is proposed that the city manager be granted $350 per month as an automobile allowance, the same pension program as his predecessor (the 2.5 percent at age 55 formula) and 11 paid holidays.

The new city manager has also been offered 120 hours of banked personal leave on Feb. 10, accruing 12.92 hours biweekly toward 336 hours per year, capped at 520 hours — though he may convert up to 120 hours of personal leave to cash compensation in each fiscal year.

Miller said the prospective city manager has seen the city council-approved offer but has yet to sign it. Miller said he does not expect that person to attend Monday's meeting to finalize the deal.

Monday's meeting of the Grass Valley City Council is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in the council's regular meeting chamber at City Hall, located at 125 E. Main Street.

Foltz previously told The Union that the new city manager would begin work in February, and the proposed contract lists Feb. 10 — a possible starting date.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call 530-477-4236.

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