The West Hollywood City Council will be asked tonight to approve several changes in compensation for senior management at City Hall.
A “memorandum of understanding” (MOU) negotiated with the West Hollywood Management Association, the union that represents senior managers, includes the following changes in compensation for the assistant city manager and directors and managers of departments and divisions:
— A 3.1% pay increase, effective July 1. Over the following four years, salaries will be increase on July 1 of each year by the increase in the federal consumer price index for Los Angeles/Riverside/Orange County.
— An addition of one salary level to the seven levels currently in place for city executives. The new eighth level for a senior executive is $181,047 a year, an increase of 3% from the current $175,773 salary at level seven. Each year on July 1 senior executives are moved up one salary range level. In order to reach the eighth level, an executive now at the seventh of the six salary levels must receive an “exceeds requirements” performance evaluation.
— Adding two levels of management. The city currently has five management levels: The city manager (who is not part of the union), assistant city manager, director, assistant director and manager. The MOU would add two levels by expanding the director position to director/deputy city manager, director group II, director group I and assistant director.
— Changes in the salary ranges for each existing position. For example, the current salary range for an assistant city manager is $216,680 to $285, 845. The new MOU would reduce that by 5% to $271,300. A manager’s maximum compensation would increase from the current $175,773 to $181,046 (3%). The changes are proposed to create a more logical gap between the salary ranges for various positions.
— An agreement to pay managers who are serving temporarily in a director’s position 10% more than their current salary or the lowest level of the director’s pay range, whichever is higher.
— A payment of $90 per month to senior managers who walk, ride a bicycle or use public transit to get to work. Those who carpool will get $50 a month for a two-person carpool, $70 a month for a three-person carpool and $90 a month for a four-person carpool. Lower payments are available for those who carpool or use other non-car alternatives two or more workdays a week.
The Council meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., south of Santa Monica. Parking in the five-story structure behind the building is free with validation at the council chamber lobby.