$180K Salary Approved For New Lake Elsinore City Manager

Lake Elsinore City Manager Grant Yates begins work Nov. 17.

In a 4-0 vote Tuesday night, Lake Elsinore City Council confirmed the employment agreement of its new City Manager.

Grant Yates was tapped for the job last month after spending the last 21 years working with the City of Temecula where he held numerous positions including Community Relations Director, Deputy City Manager and Financial Services Administrator.

According to his new three-year employment agreement with Lake Elsinore effective Nov. 17, 2012, Yates will receive an annual salary of $180,000. The city will also contribute $915 a month toward a health and retirement account for Yates in lieu of city medical, dental and vision coverage.

In addition to 12 paid holidays and one paid personal holiday, Yates will receive 48 days per year of personal time off. Yates will also be provided with a city vehicle and is entitled to six months severance pay under the agreement.

Yates replaces interim City Manager Tom Evans who has been serving Lake Elsinore since April following the March firing of City Manager Bob Brady.

During Tuesday’s meeting, city council members thanked Evans for his professional service and welcomed Yates, who was in the audience with his wife.

Evans has repeatedly said that while he enjoys serving Lake Elsinore, he did not want the top job on a permanent basis.

City Councilwoman Melissa Melendez was absent for Tuesday's vote.

John Marshall November 16, 2012 at 06:59 PM
D A, This article has nothing to do with busing. I don't know where you are seeing that. This is all about hiring a new city manager. The old one was fired to save us money. Of course they had to pay him the rest of his contract. The old city manager was making $185,000 per year. The new guy will be making $180,000 per year. Not much in savings. I hope the new guy is good as David says. I am NOT badmouthing the new guy, just the process! Why don't we admit there was a power struggle going on in the city council. Hickman won! He got rid of one of his biggest detractors.
Roberto November 16, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Vultures? The only vultures I saw were the opportunist Webless, Hickless and Malicious.. None of us have an issues with the new city manager and wish him well. We do have a problem with councilpersons throwing away tax dollars on ego gratification and ethical issues such as firing a city manager in th middle of a voted in contract once they got the dupe appointed. I'm sure Mr Yates will do a fine job just like Bob Brady even if this is his first job as a City Manager.
ron November 16, 2012 at 08:32 PM
190K not shabby considering you all forgot addition perks. 30k for new vehicle, gas card, business credit cars which they all use for personal reasons about 20k more a year ect..... So figure he actually makes more than 5 full time city workers. Hey greedy Yates take a 40K pay cut and put towards roads and parks. All you greedy politicians take a 15% cut and put towards schools and parks.
Kathleen Hamblin November 16, 2012 at 09:09 PM
I read that Yates helped Temecula boom into an Orange County world, which to me is an over developed and sterile enviornment with greedy self serving politicians. I hope that isn't what he has plans to do with Lake Elisnore. He is dealing with a whole different ball of wax. We are not Temecula or Murrieta nor do we want to be!!!
D A November 17, 2012 at 01:54 AM
John your the one that brought up busing. I just filled in the blanks .


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