City Manager T.C. Broadnax could receive a $14,165 pay raise Tuesday, several weeks after the City Council gave him high marks during his annual review.
His proposed two-year contract also includes a paid exit clause if voters decide to change the city’s form of government later this year. The City Council will vote on the contract Tuesday.
When the city hired Broadnax two years ago, it required that he take the same 5 percent pay cut that all other senior managers took in 2012.
He got the 5 percent back last year, but has not received any pay increase. His proposed contract would authorize a 5 percent “step” increase that Broadnax was due last year and would also award him an additional 1.4 percent increase.
Broadnax is not eligible for the pay raises the council awarded other nonunion employees this week.
“We obviously want to reward T.C. for doing a great job, but we also recognize that we are not in great fiscal shape, so we wanted to be responsible,” Councilwoman Victoria Woodards said.
Other nonunion city staff are receiving pay raises of up to 3 percent and a 1 percent lump sum. Some supervisors facing “compression” because of subordinates’ rising salaries will receive a 4 percent increase and no lump sum.
If this contract is approved, Broadnax will make 7.6 percent more than his next-highest-paid department director, Mayor Marilyn Strickland said. During Broadnax’s performance review next year, the contract states, the council will consider Broadnax’s salary in comparison with his department directors’ pay.
Strickland said that typically, a CEO of a company should make 15 percent to 20 percent more than a subordinate.
The proposed Broadnax contract includes a new item — a $14,122 annual contribution to a deferred compensation account, equal to 6 percent of his new annual pay of $235,373. Broadnax’s other contracted perks, such as a $550 monthly car allowance and an up to 3 percent match for a retirement investment account, would not change.
The contract also would add a clause that recognizes Broadnax could be without a job if the city’s form of government changes after the city’s charter review process this year. A committee of residents will propose changes to the charter to the City Council later this year, and some of those items could appear on the November ballot.
Tacoma uses a council-manager form of government in which the council is the legislative authority, setting city policy and hiring a city manager who is the chief executive officer of city government.
If voters approve a change to city government that removes the city manager position, under the proposed contract Broadnax would receive 12 months of severance pay and paid medical benefits, plus up to an additional six months of pay and benefits if he were still unemployed.
“I don’t think it’s an unreasonable request for us to talk about and consider. I think it’s only fair,” Woodards said.
Broadnax’s contract allows 20 days of paid time off. He can accrue 18 more during the year, as could any other city employee with his years of service, said city spokeswoman Maria Lee.
Broadnax’s predecessor, Eric Anderson, negotiated a combination of 64 days of paid time off and administrative leave per year, Strickland said.
In Broadnax’s December review, the council praised his work on the city budget and his effort to educate residents about the council’s decision-making process. Since then, a committee of four council members has been meeting in private to discuss his compensation package.Kate Martin: 253-597-8542 kate.martin@ thenewstribune.com @KateReports