WHY WILL GOODYEAR'S NEWEST CITY MANAGER MAKE MORE MONEY THAN PEORIA'S?
Last night, Goodyear City Council voted 6-1 to approve a contract with Julie Arendall to be the next city manager.
Her salary is $212,823 annually. Tossed in are the expected benefits such as:
"Arendall currently serves as a deputy city manager for the city of Peoria. She joined that organization in 2012 as the human resources director after 12 years with Yavapai County, first as human resources director, and in 2007, as county administrator. Prior to her 17 years in local government, Arendall was an executive-level human resources professional in the private sector." Link
"Arendall will oversee 12 departments with 572 employees."
She replaces former City Manager Brian Dalke who retired two weeks ago.
WHAT'S MAGICAL ABOUT $212,000?
Jeff Tyne, Peoria's City Manager, was approved by the Peoria City Council in the summer of 2017 "with an annual base salary of $212,000." Source
APPLES TO ORANGES
FORMER CITY MANAGER SALARIES
In 2014, The Arizona Republic did a story about City Managers in the southwest Valley making salaries outweighing city size. Mentioned, "Brian Dalke earns an annual salary of $188,562 as of January. The previous city manager, John Fischbach, was paid an annual salary of $168,000 in 2012." SOURCE.
PLUS $400 A MONTH
Financial terms of the contract include a base salary of $212,823 annually, deferred compensation of 5.0% of base salary and an automobile allowance of $400 per month. The financial terms take into consideration an analysis of comparable benchmark data for city manager compensation.
Arendall begins February 20, 2018. Her employment contract runs through December 31, 2019. She will have a performance evaluation within 30 days to define goals and performance objectives. ~City Staff Report and Contract
*For perspective, Jeff Tyne, Peoria's City Manager gets "$600 per month for automobile and related expenses; and $100 per month for a communications allowance (cell phone)."
REQUIRED TO MOVE TO GOODYEAR
Arendall's contract states she must establish and maintain her primary and permanent physical residence within the corporate boundaries of the City of Goodyear. She has six months to do so. She'll be reimbursed for moving expenses up to $5,000.
"Last fall, Goodyear hired CPS HR Consulting to conduct a comprehensive search for a new city manager to replace Brian Dalke, who retired after 23 years with the city. The city received 58 applications, and after a rigorous screening process, selected four candidates to interview." Link
Joe Pizzillo was enthusiastic about the process to hire Arendall.
Sheri Lauritano also was enthusiastic about a bright future with Arendall.
Joanne Osborne thanked city staff along with the previous two and mentioned this was a "big deal" to pick a city manager. It's the FOURTH city manager in the City during Osborne's time on council.
Brannon Hampton looks forward to working with Arendall and the future of the city.
Campbell was the lone NO vote against Arendall's hiring without an explanation during the meeting.
Mayor Lord says we are lucky to have her as a city manager.
Bill Stipp was not present.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Barber is a Goodyear resident resident of almost 20 years and a retired broadcast news journalist. Involved in various nonprofit and city organizations since 2008, Barber has a unique view of what's happening in the West Valley of Arizona.