Kent manager to earn $72,000

By Diane Smith Record-Courier staff writer Published:

The contract, which is expected to gain formal approval Wednesday from Kent City Council and Steinbrecher, calls for $72,000 for the first year of his three-year contract, which would begin Nov. 3. The contract also includes a monthly car allowance, money for moving expenses and other benefits.

Steinbrecher earns $62,750 per year as city manager of Albion, Mich, the city of 10,000 residents where he has been city manager for the past three years.

Former City Manager Priscilla Blanchard was to receive $70,063 this year, the third year in her three-year contract. Instead, Kent City Council gave her a settlement of $91,000 in exchange for her resignation.

Steinbrecher said he is planning to be in Kent Wednesday night when council votes on the contract.

"I'm pleased with the offer the city has made," he said. "I appreciate the confidence the mayor and council has placed in me by offering me the position," he said, adding that he realizes the agreement is tentative until Wednesday's vote. "I look forward to buying a house and relocating my family to Kent."

Other terms of the proposed pact with Steinbrecher include:

A payment of $7,000 to cover the cost of moving to Kent.

A $300 automobile allowance, like that given to Blanchard, and 30 days of vacation in the second and third years of the contract. During the first year of his contract he will be receive 10 vacation days.

Automatic renewal of his contract in years two and three.

Re-negotiation of his salary for the second and third years of this contract before the year begins. Blanchard's contract spelled out salary increases in the second two years of the contract.

Group insurance benefits.

The city also for the city to pay his expenses for involvement in professional organizations and to give him time off to attend such conferences.

A provision in Blanchard's contract which called for 5 percent of her base salary into a deferred compensation plan is missing from the pact with Steinbrecher.

If council decides to end Steinbrecher's contract before the end of the three-year pact, the city must pay a lump sum payment of three months salary and benefits, and if Steinbrecher decides to leave before his contract expires, he must give two months advance notice. Those terms are identical to the pact with Blanchard.

Steinbrecher and his wife, Shelley, have a 12-year-old son, Joe.

"I look forward to building a fresh relationship with council and starting anew," he said.

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