San Marcos city manager, attorney receive raises

SAN MARCOS — With little fanfare, the San Marcos City Council voted to give compensation increases to its city manager and city attorney.

The 4-0 vote, which was placed on the consent calendar, gives City Manager Jack Griffin a 5 percent raise to his $199,000 annual salary, which according to the agreement will be paid into his deferred compensation account.

Griffin’s base salary is 18 percent less than his predecessor, Paul Malone, whom he replaced in 2012. His benefits package includes a $396-per-month auto allowance, a mobile phone or an allowance of $75 per month, 13 paid holidays, 120 hours of vacation and 96 hours of sick leave per year (with maximum accruals of 400 and 800 hours, respectively) and other benefits.

Griffin was previously the city manager in Sebastopol, a city in Sonoma County.

The council also voted 4-0 to give City Attorney Helen Holmes Peak a $10 hourly raise from $200 to $210 an hour.

Peak works all day Tuesday and Friday mornings and as otherwise needed by the City Council, as spelled out in her firm’s contract.

Peak’s firm, Lounsbery, Ferguson, Altona and Peak, have been providing the city’s legal service since 1997, and according to the contract, the rates it charges the city are at a 30 percent discount.

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