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Sacramento City Manager Contract Goes Before Council


The Sacramento City Council Tuesday will consider whether to retain John Shirey as City Manager. Shirey has been in the position since August 2011.  

His first contract ended last August in the middle of Mayor Kevin Johnson's campaign for a "strong mayor" form of government. Shirey spoke out against "strong mayor."  

Instead of signing another three-year contract, he agreed to a ten-month contract extension. The extension expires this month.

Shirey said at the time he wanted to see if the voters passed the mayor's proposal.

The voters rejected the "strong mayor" ballot measure, but the Mayor did succeed in changing the way the budget is created. This year, the council presented its ideas to the city manager's office first, instead of waiting for Shirey's office to present a budget with no council input.

As part of this year's budget, the Mayor asked for and received, three new staff members. They are paid out of the office of the city manager's budget, but will report to Johnson.

If the council approves, Shirey's term would be extended by 17 months to November 2016.

He will continue to make $268,423 annually. The range for the position is $187,357 to $281,035.

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