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$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 15, 2012 at 11:43 PM
So let me see, we fired Brady because he was making 185,000 per year and they wanted him to go back to his 2005 salary of 135,000 per year. Then we hire his replacement at 180,000 per year. Wow, we are saving 5,000 per year!! Oh, but wait, we had to pay Brady a severance package of several hundred thousand dollars. Great job guys!! We sure saved a boat load of money!!
Constant Comment November 16, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Well actually...with the additional $915 (for health & retirement acct.) we are paying him $190,980 per year. So I guess you could say that the 'boat load of $aving$...just sunk! }~)
Roberto November 16, 2012 at 06:04 AM
We then send malicious a brady conspiritor to Sacramento, sent Webless packing and still stuck with hickless and now trevi right hand man manos.
David Pereira November 16, 2012 at 07:27 AM
This guy has a lot of experience, Give him a chance you vultures.
John Marshall November 16, 2012 at 08:18 AM
@ david it is not about the experience he has or how good of a job he might do. The problem is we fired a guy that was making 5k more per year in base pay and payed him a nice severance package to "save money" and then hired this guy for essentially the same amount. It was a bone head move and shows that the city has no problem wasteing tax payer dollars on salaries while making cuts to bus service for kids.
D A November 16, 2012 at 03:29 PM
John I hate to Disappoint you but school district cut bus services, not the city. School district need a whole new set of comments but that's not this article
John Marshall November 16, 2012 at 03:58 PM
D a sorry i was mistaken. It happens every once in a while. I thought i had remembered the city council having something to do with it. Regardless the main point of wasting taxpayer money still rings true.
Lepimpster November 16, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I agree we must give Yates a chance, however we must not forget what our council is doing with our tax money like John is pointing out. The personal vendettas and self interest chit needs to stop. Do what your paid to do and put the city in your best interest.
D A November 16, 2012 at 06:20 PM
John you are close.... the City staff, school district and and police department did meet to discuss safety issues and some type of resolution/alternatives to the busing issue. Sometimes the way things are written they can becomes convoluted and misunderstood by design..
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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