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Contract extension, raise likely for Santillan

January 15, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — The City Council here Tuesday will consider approving a three-year contract extension for City Manager Jerry Santillan and will discuss rescinding the portion of the budget relating to public safety.

The public session of the meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, 225 A St.

Mayor Wayne Johnson said the council during a recent meeting discussed a new contract for Santillan, city manager since the mid-1990s. Johnson said he expects the council to approve the contract, which would run through December 2004.

He said the contract would include a raise for Santillan this fiscal year. If approved, Santillan's salary would increase to $79,500 per year, up from $74,048.

Johnson said Santillan has done a good job and he wants to see him stay on board for the next three years.


"He's been very instrumental in all the grants the city has received, which is millions of dollars," Johnson said. "He has been very resourceful."

With city offices closed today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Santillan could not be reached for comment.

Councilman Steve Vasquez said he supports the new contract and the salary increase.

"Jerry has been very proactive," Vasquez said. "He knows his way around here and around the community and very importantly around all walks of government."

Vasquez added, "He is just out there and that is important for us."

Also Tuesday, during a special closed session at 6:30 p.m., the council will discuss a recent court ruling ordering the council to rescind the portion of the budget related to police protection.

The court decision came in response to a lawsuit filed against city officials by the Brawley Public Safety Employees Association, which argued the city adopted a budget with a 3-percent salary increase for all employees before negotiating a contract with police officers.

Superior Court Judge Donal Donnelly ruled police would have little ability to fairly negotiate if the budget area relating to police remained in place.

Donnelly ordered the city to both negotiate in good faith and rescind at least the portion of the budget tied to police.

Johnson said the council will meet in closed session with City Attorney Dennis Morita to consider responding to the order.

The city is still negotiating contracts with all other city employee groups.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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