SAN ANTONIO – City Manager Sheryl Sculley could increase her salary by $75,000 over more than two years.
The terms of Sculley’s contract extension to be voted on Thursday by the City Council were released publicly Wednesday.
Her salary would increase by $25,000 each year over the next three years.
In 2016, Sculley’s pay would increase from $400,000 to $425,000.
Her salary would increase to $450,000 in 2017 and to $475,000 by December 2018.
“She has a big job of managing a $2 billion plus budget and 11,000 employees,” Mayor Ivy Taylor said. “People would demand a lot more for even less responsibility than that.”
Sculley's contract extension also includes a severance clause in the event she is fired. This extension reduces it from 21 months to 12 months.
“No. 1, she's the best city manager in the United States,” said Joe Krier, District 9 city councilman. “But No. 2, I always tell citizens they should remember two numbers about her: 1,000. Since she came here we have reduced civilian employees by 1,000, saving the city more than $40 million a year. The second number is 3: AAA bond rating."
But not everyone on the council is so certain.
"With the fact that we don’t have a contract agreement with our first responder, I think that that should put this whole process on hold until we have that done,” District 7 City Councilman Cris Medina said.
Medina also questioned why the details of the contract were only formally released the day before the City Council is set to vote on the extension.
The San Antonio Police Officers Association issued a statement Wednesday condemning the terms of the contract extension and criticizing Taylor for not being more transparent about the city manager's review before this new deal was drawn up.
The mayor’s office says Sculley did a self-evaluation and the council evaluated her on the areas of leadership, communication and execution of council priorities.
KSAT 12 has requested a copy of Sculley’s latest review.
Medina said he was unaware of a council review.
When asked whether he had evaluated Sculley, Krier responded, “We evaluate Sheryl every day of the year. I have evaluated her every day since I came onto City Council.”