By: Diane Benjamin
In case you have never read it, the contract is posted on-line: http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=7935
This version is from April 2013, retro-active to January 12, 2013.
The contract expires January 11, 2017.
Hales was due for evaluation on or before January 12, 2015, but it still hasn’t happened except in emails from some Council members.
Hales is allowed 25 vacation days a year and a car allowance of $475 per month ($5700 a year!).
His salary, before benefits, is listed as $171,300.00. Hales has since received a raise since in 2014 he was paid a base salary of $176,439.00.
If another raise for Hales does make it to the agenda, this is my prediction:
David Sage loves David Hales – he will vote Yes
Karen Schmidt normally sides with Sage – she will vote Yes
It wouldn’t be on the agenda unless Tari wanted it, so:
Diana Hauman, Joni Painter and Scott Black will vote Yes
Jim Fruin wants every vote to be unanimous, so he will vote Yes
Kevin Lower will vote NO because the City is not financially sound.
If the vote is before Judy Stearns leaves office on 4/30, she will vote NO, if not, her replacement will vote YES.
So the vote is either 7-2 or 8-1.
Would Hales take another job if he doesn’t get a raise? Not a chance. He isn’t vested for a pension until he works for the City for 8 years. Hales has to declare by July 2016 if he wants to continue employment when his contract expires. Hales is in charge of a sinking ship, what do you think he will do?
When he is gone the blame game will start by the Council members and media who supported him. Tom Hamilton was a great leader until he quit.
The game continues.