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Tacoma: City contract with Broadnax would pay him $221,208 per year plus other perks

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on Jan. 10, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
January 10, 2012 4:02 pm

Tacoma’s city manager-to-be stands to make a salary of $221,208 per year under a proposed two-year employment contract to be considered by the City Council tonight.

Under the contract, T.C. Broadnax‘s starting salary would be subject to a five percent reduction in 2012, meaning he would make $210,248 this year.

If approved by council, Broadnax would begin work in Tacoma on Feb. 13 and must live within the city.

The contract would pay Broadnax up to $25,000 in moving expenses, and, once he buys a home here, it would pay him an additional $20,000 for a “housing equalization allowance in recognition of the substantial cost of living factors now encountered in the Puget Sound region.”

Broadnax also would be provided an initial bank of 22 days of administrative leave, be paid a $550 per month automobile allowance, receive standard city health care benefits,  get a 401(k) match of up to three percent of his salary, and have his general expenses covered related to professional membership dues and work-related training, travel and professional development.

The contract would run through Feb. 12, 2014, at which time the council can decide whether to extend Broadnax’s employment another two years.

Should the city fire Broadnax before the contract is up, he would be provided 9 months of severance pay at his then-current rate of pay — or $165,906 based on his salary at hiring.

If Broadnax voluntary leaves the city before his contract expires, he could be subject to repaying costs related to his hiring and moving expenses. Such repayment ranges from 100 percent, should he leave within 6 months of his hiring, to 50 percent, should he leave within two years.

Broadnax, an assistant city manager in San Antonio, Texas, now makes about $168,000 per year.  He could not be immediately reached for comment today (we will update this post once we hear from him).

If the council approves his contract, Broadnax would become the third city manager on the city’s general government payroll since July who is earning more than $210,000 per year. Interim City Manager Rey Arellano now makes $211, 848 per year, and former City Manager Eric Anderson, who was making $235,373 in annual pay in 2011, walked away with another $261,107 when the city fired him in July.  The amount included severance pay equaling one year’s salary and nearly $24,000 of compensation for accrued vacation and holiday pay.

The city’s legal department has been in contract negotiations with Broadnax since the council picked him for the job from among three finalists who were still vying for the job on Dec. 20.

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