The pay raise was approved as part of the council’s consent agenda of items slated for routine approval. Councilman Larry Buehner was absent.
The raise means an annual increase of $6,000 to $11,000 to Butler’s pay and benefits, according to a report that City Attorney Tom Hallinan prepared for council members. The exact figure depends on which benefits Butler chooses.
The raise, which takes effect Feb. 15, is Butler’s first since he began working for the city on Feb. 15, 2011.
The salary boost and changes to his benefits were negotiated in a closed-session council meeting on Nov. 29, along with moving expenses for Butler and his retirement plan.
The salary range for a city manager in Patterson, set by city municipal code, is $125,000 to nearly $153,000, according to Hallinan’s report.
Under Butler’s original contract, he was allowed a 2 percent match for a deferred-compensation retirement plan — similar to a 401K retirement plan — through the International City/County Management Association. The professional association of local government administrators runs a corporation that administers retirement plans for public-sector employers and employees.
Butler’s new package allows a 3 percent match, meaning the city will match Butler’s contribution to the deferred-compensation plan up to 3 percent of his salary.
The renegotiated contract also indefinitely extends a clause that promised Butler $5,000 during his first year for moving expenses. Butler can use the money whenever he chooses to permanently settle in Patterson.
The city manager is renting a home in Patterson, but his permanent address is in Alta Loma, near Rancho Cucamonga in Southern California.
Patterson resident Karen Willard called into question Butler’s residency during public comments on the agenda item. She expressed surprise that Butler was not a permanent resident of Patterson.
Butler, however, said the agreement only calls for him to have a residence in the city. He called his real estate situation “complicated,” like that of many Patterson residents.
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