Two top city employees received pay increases Tuesday.
The San Luis Obispo City Council voted 4-1 to give City Manager Katie Lichtig a one-time bonus of $7,600 and a monthly $450 car allowance, and to give City Attorney Christine Dietrick a 7 percent raise.
Councilman Dan Carpenter dissented.
Dietrick’s raise, retroactive to April 9, brings her salary to $187,252 a year.
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The City Council received several written and public comments opposing the increases.
“It has baffled me for years now why you, who represent the electorate and residents of our city and who must be good stewards of our limited financial resources, continually vote to pay exorbitant salaries to those in leadership positions within our city staff,” resident John Grady wrote.
This was the fourth consecutive raise for Dietrick. She received a 4.2 percent raise in 2014, a 4.7 percent raise in 2013 and a 3.5 percent raise in 2012. She did not receive an increase in 2011.
Dietrick was appointed city attorney in 2010 at an annual salary of $155,000; before that, she worked as assistant city attorney for five years.
Lichtig was hired at an annual base salary of $221,500. Her total compensation is $313,031, according to salary information on the city’s website.
In 2011, both accepted a 6.8 percent reduction in their total compensation by contributing more to their own pensions and waiving their ability to cash out unused administrative leave, according to Monica Irons, the city’s human resources director.