ABSTRACT: On the October 7, 2008 City Council Agenda is the “Consideration of a Resolution adopting the employment agreement between the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea and Richard I. Guillen, City Administrator.” The Agreement is a 12-month contractual agreement, effective January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008. Changes to the City Administrator’s Agreement dated January 1, 2007 include compensation of $150,000/year, retroactive to April 30, 2008, and the addition of California City Management Foundation professional dues to be paid by the
City for an estimated additional annual expense of $14,500. HIGHLIGHTS of the City Administrator’s Salary and Benefits (EXHIBIT “A”) are presented. A COMMENT is made with respect to Rich I. Guillen’s compensation as City Administrator.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
VII. Consent Calendar
These matters include routine financial and administrative actions, which are usually approved by a single majority vote. Individual items may be removed from Consent by a member of the Council or the public for discussion and action.
G. Consideration of a Resolution adopting the employment agreement between the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea and Richard I. Guillen, City Administrator.
HIGHLIGHTS OF EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA AND RICHARD I. GUILLEN, DATED OCTOBER 7, 2008 (EXHIBIT “A”):
The CITY agrees to pay EMPLOYEE the sum of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars and no/100 dollars ($150,000), in salary per annum, retroactive to April 30, 2008.
The CITY shall pay EMPLOYEE the sum of three hundred and fifty dollars ($350.00) per month as an automobile allowance.
• SUPPLEMENTAL BENEFITS
The CITY shall continue to provide dental and vision coverage through the CITY’S current self-funded programs, the cost of an annual physical exam up to an amount not to exceed $500 per fiscal year, reimbursement to EMPLOYEE for the cost of a monthly fitness club membership in an amount not to exceed $35.00 per month and one hundred (100) hours annual Administrative Leave per fiscal year.
• BUSINESS EXPENSES
The CITY shall provide a City cellular telephone and, in addition, pay for the monthly service charge and related CITY user charges.
• Based of City Administrator Rich Guillen’s poor management record over a period of nearly eight years (January 1, 2001 – Present), a new contractual agreement for a salary of $150,000 plus benefits is impossible to justify to Carmel-by-the-Sea taxpayers. Alas, it appears $150,000 plus is the going rate to make it appear that the City has a competent City Administrator, when in reality Rich Guillen functions as the mayor’s lackey.
• Earlier in his tenure as City Administrator, Rich Guillen advocated for the creation of a new administrative position; this administrative position would have had the duties and responsibilities of essentially managing the city while the City Administrator continued to be compensated as City Administrator.
• Recently, at the September 9, 2008 City Council Meeting, City Administrator Rich Guillen stated “we’re all for reducing the number of boards and commissions” because it takes “a lot of staff time to prepare agendas and meet with chairs and deal with the time involved...”