Morro Bay's acting city manager gets pay raise along with new duties

The acting city manager of Morro Bay has received a $10,000 raise to take on the new role in addition to her work as administrative services director.

Susan Slayton has been serving as acting city manager since Andrea Lueker resigned under pressure Dec. 12. Lueker has been on administrative leave since then; that leave ends Friday when her employment officially terminates.

Slayton was making an annual salary of $140,042 as the city’s administrative services director. Her new annual salary is $150,430 while she handles the dual position.

“This new salary is only for the time that I am acting city manager,” Slayton said in an email. “I will be go back to my old salary when either an interim city manager or city manager is employed.”

Slayton said she will apply for the permanent position. She has worked for the city of Morro Bay since 2007 and previously served as finance director.

Lueker resigned after a council majority — Mayor Jamie Irons and council members Christine Johnson and Noah Smukler — pushed for her ouster. Lueker was making $152,235 per year.

In a Dec. 12 written statement announcing that Slayton would serve as acting city manager, Irons said Slayton had served as acting city manager in Lueker’s absence in the past.

“We are placing our confidence in Ms. Slayton while we pursue an interim city manager,” Irons said then.

Lueker's severance package called for her to receive about $116,000 in severance pay equal to nine months of salary; $1,756 in holiday pay; $4,500 in sick leave; and $31,076 in unused vacation compensation.