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City Council Expected To Increase City Manager Salary $75,000 By 2018

Joey Palacios
Texas Public Radio
San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley

San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley stands to get a raise of $25,000 each year through 2018 if amendments to her compensation package are approved by City Council on Thursday. Some critics are upset contract details weren't released until less than a day before the vote.

Sculley currently earns about $400,000 per year plus benefits. She’s one of the highest paid city managers in the country. With the proposed yearly salary increases, she would make $475,000 by the end of 2018. 

When approached Wednesday afternoon, San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor declined to talk about the terms of the contract. “I’ll feel more comfortable speaking more freely about it tomorrow,” Taylor said. “We do want to extend her contract. We have discussed reducing the length of her severance pay. We have discussed the salary adjustment as well as performance pay instead of retention pay.”

Under her current contract Sculley would receive nearly two years of salary if terminated. The proposed contract reduces that to one year. The City did not release details of the contract until less than a day before the vote.

Mike Helle, president of the San Antonio Police officer’s Association has been a long time critic of the city manager’s compensation and says the details should have been made public earlier.

“I think they’re underestimating the will of the people and transparency and I think that the backlash is going to be felt during the next election,” Helle said.

In her 10 years with the city, Sculley has received high praise from many council members. The council is expected to approve her increased pay.

Joey Palacios can be reached atJoey@TPR.org and on Twitter at @Joeycules