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City attorney may receive $8K pay hike
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Manteca’s city attorney may receive an $8,363 annual pay boost.

The City Council on Tuesday will consider bumping up Dave Nefouse’s yearly salary to $244,365.15 when they meet at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

The renegotiated salary followed an evaluation process where the City Council judged Nefouse’s performance as the city’s first in-house attorney.

Nefouse commands the second highest base salary in the city workforce.

Unlike non-management positions such as police officers that can see significant overtime that pushes them close to — or over — the $200,000 mark, Nefouse as management is not eligible for overtime compensation.

The city attorney is not on a salary schedule. The increase in his compensation is roughly 3.6 percent.

The city attorney — along with the city manager — are the only city employees that the council hires and fires.

Interim City Manager Toni Lundgren is being compensated at a rate of $240,000 a year until a decision is made on the permanent city manager. Her contract as interim city manager runs through March 31.

As the contract for the city attorney is not on a salary schedule, the increase reflects what the City Council believes is warranted. It will also put his base salary more in line with surrounding jurisdictions.

The base salaries of city attorneys in nearby jurisdictions include:

 *City of Tracy, $241,000

 *City of Lathrop, $236,000

*City of Pleasanton, $264,000

*City of Stockton, $270,000

*City of Elk Grove, $277,711

*City of Brentwood, $279,746

*City of Livermore, $290,170

*City of Roseville, $259,000

 Nefouse has served as the city attorney since February 1, 2021.


To contact Dennis Wyatt, email