The City Council in Hermosa Beach, Calif., on Tuesday appointed Tom Bakaly as the next city manager there and approved an employment agreement with him, two formal steps that were needed as the Park City manager prepares to depart the Marsac Building.
According to an official in Hermosa Beach, Bakaly's appointment was approved on a unanimous vote. His employment agreement, though, passed on a 3-2 vote. The 'Nay' votes were cast based on the compensation package Bakaly will receive rather than on Bakaly himself.
Bakaly is scheduled to start the job in Hermosa Beach on Sept. 4, the day after Labor Day.
The employment agreement approved on Tuesday pays Bakaly a base salary of $185,000 per year. He is eligible for up to 7 percent of the annual salary in performance-based merit bonuses. He will also receive $8,000 per year in deferred compensation. The agreement calls for $25,000 in relocation costs.
If Bakaly's employment is terminated without cause, he would receive six months in salary and medical benefits.
Other highlights of the agreement include that the salary will not increase on an automatic basis if there is a rise in the cost of living index and he will not receive a car allowance. He must cash out vacation time that was earned but not used.
The base salary of $185,000 is well above what he earns in Park City. The city manager salary range in Park City runs from $94,277 to $145,000. Bakaly would almost certainly be earning at or close to the maximum amount based on City Hall's salary structure.
The base salary in Hermosa Beach, though, is below the figure earned by Bakaly's predecessor there, according to John Jalili, the interim city manager. The former city manager retired after 18 years in the position and earned $200,000 annually when he left.
In a report to the mayor and City Council in Hermosa Beach, Jalili covered highlights of Bakaly's career in municipal government. The report said 76 people submitted applications for the job before the field was whittled to nine and then four.
The report outlines Bakaly's rise through the ranks of the government in Park City. It mentions his role in preparations for the 2002 Winter Olympics as well as Park City's role as the host of the Sundance Film Festival.
It also refers to Bakaly's service in the municipal government in Pasadena, Calif., where he worked before his 1995 hiring in Park City. He was involved in that city's handling of the 1994 World Cup soccer tournament, the Super Bowl and the annual Rose Bowl, the report notes.
Bakaly is from California and remains vested in that state's public-employee retirement system from his time in Pasadena.