The four-month search for a new Lakewood city manager ends tonight when the City Council is poised to approve a contract with Mountlake Terrace City Manager John Caulfield to lead the daily operations of Pierce Countys second-largest city.
Caulfield starts work Sept. 3.
Caulfield would earn $165,000 to start, according to his proposed contract. Former city manager Andrew Neiditz earned $156,124 a year when he resigned in February, according to his most recent employment contract.
The new city manager also will receive $16,000 a year in deferred compensation. Neiditzs deferred compensation was based on 11 percent of his current base salary, or $17,173 when he resigned.