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City Manager To Forego 2018 Bonus Pay Of Up To $100K

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Joey Palacios
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Texas Public Radio

If offered, San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley said she will not accept a performance bonus for 2018

Sculley could have earned up to $100,000 in performance pay. In a statement, the city manager said she had previously communicated to Mayor Ron Nirenberg she planned for forgoing her bonus.

“Although the council previously developed and approved the criteria for awarding 2018 performance pay — and much has been accomplished this year — I had already communicated to the mayor that I will forego any performance pay for 2018. When I announced my retirement, I agreed to stay to ensure an orderly transition to the new city manager. I have dedicated 13 years of city management to San Antonio and look forward to assisting with the transition in the coming months,” Sculley said.

Nirenberg called Sculley a “top-notch” city manager with a public service mindset. And while she declined to accept a bonus, Nirenberg said the council will still review her performance.

“The city manager is entitled to an annual, professional performance evaluation, and it is the council’s responsibility to provide it,” he said.

Prior to Sculley's statement, District 6 Councilman Greg Brockhouse had called for discussions about her bonus be made in public. Brockhouse later applauded Sculley for declining to take the pay.

“Overwhelmingly, from a 59 to 41 perspective, the citizens have stated clearly that the compensation package of the city manager was excessive,” he said. “I think she made the right call in listening to the public.”

Last month voters approved a city charter amendment, known as Proposition B, on limiting the pay and tenure of future city managers.

The amendment calls for limiting the compensation of the city manager to up to 10 times the lowest salaried city employee and a term limit of eight years. The compensation could be capped at about $300,000 under those metrics.

 

Sculley received a salary of $475,000 in 2018, which was a $25,000 increase over 2017 as part of a contract extension passed by council in 2016.

 

Critics of the amendment have said it would limit the pool of applicants for the city manager position.

 

That amendment would not affect Sculley’s salary or length of tenure due to grandfathering.

 

Several weeks after the election, Sculley announced her retirement.

 

In 2017, Sculley received a bonus of $75,000.

 

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