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Roseville paying new city manager Kerridge $237,300 salary

By: Sena Christian Gold Country News Service
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ROSEVILLE — The contract for Roseville’s new top administrator will save the city $65,000 a year and empower the Roseville City Council in the possible event of termination. The contract changes followed public outcry from many residents upset when previous City Manager Craig Robinson — who the council dismissed in November 2009 —walked away with $390,136 in severance pay. Roseville City Council voted 4 to 0 to approve the contract of new City Manager Ray Kerridge last week. Mayor Pro Tempore Pauline Roccucci was absent. “It’s important for the public to note this contract is definitely different than the one for Mr. Robinson,” Mayor Gina Garbolino said. Kerridge will earn an annual salary of $237,300 with an additional deferred compensation contribution to a retirement account of 9 percent of his salary — or $21,357. By comparison, the salary for Lincoln’s city manager is $205,162. Roseville’s population is 112,000 and Lincoln’s population is 36,000. The Roseville contract calls for no car allowance or personal leave payments and a four-year term. The council can terminate the contract upon nine months’ notice for any reason without severance pay. Severance payment is limited to nine months’ salary and this will only occur for termination “without cause.” Robinson’s contract included a $273,817 salary, $750 monthly car allowance, no termination date and required a 12-month severance payment. His contract didn’t allow for him to be “dismissed with cause.” The only way the Roseville council could dismiss Robinson and not pay a severance was if he had been convicted of a “felony involving moral turpitude.” The reduced salary and elimination of a car allowance and personal leave will save the city $59,000 annually. The city’s cost to provide PERS benefits will be about $6,000 less. Kerridge’s total salary and compensation with benefits will be $258,657. “This is a very large organization,” Garbolino said. “We are similar to being a half-million dollar company. We need a strong leader.” The council selected Sacramento’s former city manager as Roseville’s new top bureaucrat May 6. He starts Thursday, June 17. Councilman John Allard said Kerridge stood out among the 63 candidates because of his focus on the community, understanding of economic development, experience with redevelopment and ability to partner with businesses and developers. “He felt a city should be a friend and partner of the community … and not a regulator,” Allard said. Seven speakers, including Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, spoke in support of Kerridge during last Wednesday’s meeting. “I stand here with mixed emotions,” Johnson said. “Our loss in the city of Sacramento is your gain.” Claire Pomeroy, UC Davis vice chancellor for Human Health Services, also spoke in favor of Kerridge. “He’s truly a servant leader and puts the community’s interest above his own,” Pomeroy said. “I think this is most important — he’s a committed listener. … I’m absolutely confident your choice was quite brilliant.” Roseville resident Paul Padilla, North State Building Industry Association President John Orr, Brookhurst Development managing partner Bob Moreno and Col. John Lathrop, who commands the California Army National Guard unit in Roseville, also praised Kerridge. No one spoke against Kerridge or his contract at last week’s meeting although some residents have expressed dissatisfaction with the council’s decision, arguing that Kerridge is too pro-development for Roseville. Roccucci voted against his selection out of concern about a permit scandal that occurred during his time in Sacramento. Jack Paddon from Williams and Paddon Architects and Planners — the designers behind the Roseville Civic Center — commended outgoing temporary City Manager Mike Shellito for his hard work and welcomed Kerridge. “Ray takes great pride in his work,” Paddon said. “But he’s humble at his core.”