BY NELSY RODRIGUEZ STAFF WRITER December 12, 2012; 08:59 PM
Without skipping a beat, the Wildomar City Council ended the employment contract of one City Manager and approved a new contract for another.
Council members on Wednesday, Dec. 12, unanimously approved the city manager contract for Gary Nordquist, who will take over for Frank Oviedo on Jan. 1.
Nordquist will earn a base salary of $179,000 annually with potential pay increases determined yearly by council members.
Nordquist also will roll over 333 hours of vacation he has accrued as assistant city manager. He earns vacation time at the same rate as other employees plus 60 hours per year.
Nordquist also will be allowed to roll over some 205 hours of sick leave and will earn one day of sick time per month of employment for a maximum of 42 days. Ten days of unclassified leave also will be banked into Nordquist’s account.
A vehicle allowance of $600 per year, which can increase by $50 per year for a maximum of $800 per year, also has been included in the contract. Health, dental and vision insurance, as well as life insurance also come with the package.
Nordquist will be enrolled in the California Public Employee Retirement Plan at the rate of 2.7 percent at 55 years.
Should Nordquist be fired without cause, the city has agreed to pay nine months salary in severance pay. Severance pay will be withheld if Nordquist is fired with cause.
Council members offered few remarks regarding the contract approval. However, at a previous meeting council members expressed confidence in Nordquist’s ability to lead the city.
“It was nice to be able to sit down with the entire council and discuss (the contract),” Councilwoman Marsha Swanson said.