DEL MAR — Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Scott Huth will remain city manager for the county’s smallest city for at least three more years.
Council members unanimously extended his contract, authorized a one-time bonus and granted him minimum benefits at the June 2 meeting.
Huth took over the city’s top post with a three-year contract on Jan. 1, 2012, having previously served as the public services director for Coronado since 1995.
The agreement with Del Mar requires that he be given at least six months notice if the contract will not be renewed.
Councilman Don Mosier, a member of a subcommittee charged with amending the contract, said the recommendation to retain Huth for an additional three years was “based on a positive evaluation of his work performance by the entire council.”
Huth will also receive a one-time performance bonus of up to 5 percent of his base salary, which is currently about $187,500.
Mosier said that is a new policy, initially recommended by the finance committee.
“The advantage to the city of this policy is that we don’t increase our future pension obligations, and it’s a flexible change that we can implement each year,” Mosier said. “We appreciate the city manager agreeing to this form of compensation.”
When Huth was hired his base pay was $180,000 annually. In 2013 he received a $630 a month raise. That included a $255 monthly cost-of-living increase, which represented 1.7 percent of his base salary, and a 2.5 percent merit increase that amounted to $375 a month.
The 5 percent bonus will give Huth a one-time payment of about $9,400.
Council also agreed to provide Huth with the minimum benefits received by all others in his employment classification.
“To make a level playing field the city manager will now receive the minimum … benefits afforded to all management-level personnel in the city, and that’s just to have a standard package,” Mosier said.
According to the staff report the total package will cost the city $9,500 this year. Funds are available, the staff report states.
Council members were slated to discuss the issue. At the request of Mayor Lee Haydu, it was moved to the consent calendar.
Items on the consent calendar are adopted with one motion and no discussion unless they are pulled by a member of council or the community. That was not done and no one asked to address council about the contract amendments.