SLO city attorney set to get third straight pay raise

Christine Dietrick, San Luis Obispo city attorney
Christine Dietrick, San Luis Obispo city attorney jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

The San Luis Obispo City Council is set to approve a 4.2 percent raise on Tuesday for City Attorney Christine Dietrick.

Dietrick’s annual salary would increase to $175,006 plus benefits from $168,000 if approved, increasing her pay to $14,583 a month. The increase would be retroactive to April 10.

The city attorney and city manager are the only two employees hired and fired by the City Council. The two positions are also the only ones that have individual contracts outlining salary and benefits with the city.

City Manager Katie Lichtig did not request a salary increase, according to Monica Irons, human resources director. Lichtig’s annual salary will remain $221,520, which it's been since she was hired in 2010.

This would be the third consecutive raise for Dietrick. In 2013 the council approved a 4.7 percent raise, making her annual salary $168,000, and in April 2012, she was given a 3.5 percent raise, which brought her salary to $160,437. Dietrick was hired in January 2010. She did not receive a salary increase in 2011.