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  • Town confers boost in official's benefits

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  • APPLE VALLEY — The town manager will get a boost in leave and retirement benefits for “his outstanding performance,” officials said.
    Frank Robinson will earn four weeks of annual leave effective retroactively to February and receive a onetime retirement fund contribution of up to 2 percent of his base salary of $246,528 a year.
    Council members approved what was called the first amendment to Robinson’s employment contract as part of the consent agenda of noncontroversial items Tuesday. The vote was 4-0, with Councilman Curt Emick absent.
    Robinson is working on an automatically renewable two-year contract with provision for 12-months’ notice. The amendment includes a severance package for termination without cause amounting to 12 months of base salary and payment for health insurance for 12 months or until he obtains other employment. The “termination without cause” includes the significant reduction in his specified duties as a qualifying condition.
    “The amendments are consistent with trends in contracts for public administrators,” town spokeswoman Kathie Martin said. “They are a reflection of the recent council evaluation of the town manager and a desire to recognize him for his outstanding performance.”
    During the July 8 Town Council meeting, Robinson was lauded by staff and council members for his regional leadership and commitment to Apple Valley’s “better way of life.”
    Mayor Art Bishop said the council has been pleased with Robinson’s ability over the past couple of years in dealing not only with town issues but in spearheading a regional effort to attract economic and business development.
    In justifying the contract enhancements, Bishop said, “We were really looking at Frank’s ability to lead a team effort.”
    Robinson expressed gratitude.
    “I’m just very pleased to be a part of the town team, and I’m pleased the council voted to recognize my performance,” he said.
    The biggest issue moving ahead, Robinson said, is acquisition of Apple Valley Ranchos Water Co., the town’s major water supplier.
    Comparative salaries for public employees can be viewed at a state controller’s website, gcc.sco.ca.gov.
    Gary Brodeur may be contacted at 760-951-6245 or gbrodeur@vvdailypress.com. Follow him on Twitter @DP_gbrodeur.
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