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Manteca cuts city manager compensation
Reductions parallel all employees except cops who kept raises
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Manteca City Manager Steve Pinkerton - when mid-2011 rolls around - will have given up $30,000 a year in compensation.

As of today, Pinkerton is making $13,600 less a year than when he was hired 26 months ago and $17,500 less than he was contracted originally to make in 2009.

In terms of the percentage of his income that represents, Pinkerton is being treated no differently than any other municipal employees with the exception of police officers who kept their salaries and pay raises intact as well as avoided paying more toward their retirement costs. Every employee bargaining group was given an option of avoiding layoffs or taking cuts. The police bargaining group leadership opted to keep compensation intact for their members which in turn led to the layoff of 12 officers.

The pay raises were agreed to in a four-year contract that was in effect when the city started making spending adjustments to bring them in line with falling revenues.

Pinkerton’s compensation has surfaced repeatedly at council meetings during the last three months from citizens critical of the current council and who are openly supporting non-incumbent mayoral candidates.

Pinkerton was hired in June of 2008.

His base compensation included $19,000 in deferred compensation. That came to $192, 804 or what his predecessor Bob Adams made when he departed city employment.

Then on Jan. 1, 2009 Pinkerton got the 4 percent cost of living adjustment that all municipal employees received. That would have taken him to $200,516.37. The city manager, though, also agreed to take furlough days just like all other city workers did resulting in a 3.8 percent reduction of his pay. The end result has him making right around $400 more or $197,000 a year.

What can be confusing trying to determine the exact pay of a city employee is the fact the 3.8 percent annual deduction for furloughs is not factored into the contracted pay scale. Instead it is in just their exact negotiated pay in the four-year contract which reflects the fact the furlough days and corresponding giveback of money was voluntary and didn’t result from a change in contracted compensation. What is true for Pinkerton when it comes to furloughs is true for all city employees.

Then, at the start of 2010, Pinkerton had his deferred compensation slashed by $10,000 and started paying $4,000 into his Public Employment Retirement System account. That effectively reduced his annual compensation to $183,000 a year.

If you factor in the third and fourth year cost of living adjustments that had been negotiated with all employees that were voluntarily given back except for police officers who will continue to receive them, Pinkerton’s compensation when Jan. 1, 2011 rolls around will be $30,000 less than he was told when he was hired what it would be in 2011.

The figures do not include health benefits.

Pinkerton’s reduction in compensation mirrors most other employee bargaining group except for police officers who ultimately will receive all four raises negotiated in a binding contract. It was their option not to give up the money.

Critics have been attacking the council for Pinkerton’s pay while at the same time complaining that they haven’t been putting enough city resources to the police officers.

In 2011 under terms of the current contract, a police sergeant with 10 years of service will receive $167,796 a year in basic compensation excluding benefits and overtime. That is about $12,000 less a year than where Pinkerton’s compensation will actually be at in 2011. But since Pinkerton does not receive overtime, there is a chance they could end up with more than Pinkerton especially since police officers are paid triple overtime on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the Fourth of July.