As a reward for their job performances, San Luis Obispo City Manager Katie Lichtig and City Attorney Christine Dietrick will receive one-time bonuses of $5,000 each for accomplishing goals this year. On Tuesday, the City Council voted 4-1, with Councilman Dan Carpenter dissenting, to give the bonuses.
The lump sum payments will not permanently adjust the base pay for the city officials. Lichtig earns an annual salary of $321,201 including benefits, while Dietrick is paid an annual salary of $275,778 including benefits, according to the city’s website.
The bonuses apply to the 2015-16 fiscal year and were based on an independent consultant’s information on how well Lichtig and Dietrick met goals and performed in a variety of areas, including their relationships with the City Council, leadership and community relationships.
Lichtig was independently evaluated for financial management and Dietrick for her legal advocacy.
Carpenter said that calling the bonuses “a retention incentive” was misleading because $5,000 would not make a difference in retaining them at their job level and that it sent the wrong message while the city was negotiating with employee unions. Mayor Jan Marx, however, called the bonuses a “gesture of gratitude and acknowledgment of jobs well done.”