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May 18, 2010
Roseville finalizes terms of city manager contract

Roseville's new City Manager Ray Kerridge will be paid an annual salary of $237,300, with an additional $21,357 in deferred compensation, under a contract proposed by the city.

That salary maintains Roseville's top spot among salaries for local city executives, but is well below what it paid its previous city manager.

Former city manager W. Craig Robinson was paid $273,800 annually. Kerridge earned $215,260 annually as Sacramento top executive.

City officials note that while Roseville in considerably smaller in population, the city runs it's own electricity generation and distribution department.

The council is expected to officially hire Kerridge at its May 19 meeting. Under the agreement, Kerridge would start June 17 on a four-year contract. He will not receive a car allowance.

Stung by their experience severing the city's relationship with Robinson, the proposed contract with Kerridge has a termination date and gives the city more options to sever the relationship without a huge payout, officials said.

Robinson's contract also called for $21,084 in deferred compensation, a $750 per month car allowance, no termination date, and required severance payments or 12 months' notice unless the manager were actually convicted of a "felony involving moral turpitude."

The council is also expected to discuss a "golden handshake" early retirement plan for city workers. The May 19 meeting, at city hall 311 Vernon. St., starts at 7 p.m.

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