Matzke: Ad­vi­sor to city man­ager

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - FRONT PAGE - By John Glid­den jglid­den@timesher­al­don­ @glid24 on Twit­ter

City of­fi­cials are ask­ing the Vallejo City Coun­cil to sign off on the cre­ation of a tem­po­rary po­si­tion for Slater Matzke, an eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and mar­ket­ing con­sul­tant, in the city man­ager’s of­fice.

If ap­proved by the coun­cil on Tues­day, Matzke would be named as spe­cial ad­vi­sor to the city man­ager and make $184,771 per year for the next three years. He would also start to col­lect about

$100,000 in health ben­e­fits from the city.

Staff noted in the agenda re­port to the coun­cil that such a po­si­tion is nec­es­sary as the city works with the Nimitz Group for the short and longterm de­vel­op­ment of Mare Is­land. Matzke has also co­or­di­nated the city’s mar­ket­ing strat­egy, and iden­ti­fied ini­tia­tives and in­vest­ments to pro­mote the city’s eco­nomic growth dur­ing his time with the city.

The coun­cil will also be asked to rat­ify Matzke’s cur­rent con­sult­ing con­tract for the fourth time bring­ing his to­tal com­pen­sa­tion to an amount not to ex­ceed $515,000 to fix a pre­vi­ous staff er­ror ap­proved by the coun­cil.

Matzke first be­gan work­ing for Vallejo in Septem­ber 2016 as a FUSE Ex­ec­u­tive Fel­low — tasked with im­prov­ing the city’s im­age and also bring­ing in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to Vallejo.

Fol­low­ing his year com­mit­ment, then-City Man­ager Daniel Keen kept Matzke on as a con­sul­tant and both sides agreed to a con­tract with a term of ser­vice from Oc­to­ber 2017 through April 30, 2018. Dur­ing that ini­tial term, Matzke made $95,000. Then in April 2018, the coun­cil ap­proved an amend­ment to the con­tract, ex­tend­ing Matzke’s time with Vallejo by two months, and adding $40,000 to the con­tract for a to­tal amount of $135,000.

Just two months later the coun­cil again amended the con­tract ex­tend­ing Matzke’s time by a full fis­cal year to end on June 30 of this year. Matzke’s com­pen­sa­tion was in­creased by $45,000. City staff say this was an er­ror, which caused Vallejo to over-spend that amount by $120,000 from Oc­to­ber 2018 through May 2019.

When the coun­cil added another year on the con­tract in June, the to­tal amount of the con­tract was listed at $395,000, when it should have been $515,000, staff said.

If ap­proved, Matzke will be­gin in his po­si­tion on Nov. 23. Ac­cord­ing to staff, the im­pact to the gen­eral fund will be $280,000 each year for salary and ben­e­fits, Will Mo­rat, as­sis­tant to the city man­ager, con­firmed on Mon­day. The pro-rated amount for the fis­cal year is $168,000 from Nov. 23 through June 30, 2020. The im­pact will be off set by ter­mi­nat­ing the con­sul­tant con­tract and then us­ing about $105,000 in un­used funds from the ex­ec­u­tive depart­ment’s pro­fes­sional ser­vices bud­get.

Matzke’s new po­si­tion is in­cluded in the salary sched­ule with other city po­si­tions in­clud­ing chief in­no­va­tion of­fi­cer, hu­man re­sources di­rec­tor, fi­nance di­rec­tor, pub­lic works di­rec­tor. Those po­si­tions make be­tween $152,011 to $184,771.

The Vallejo City Coun­cil will meet at 7 p.m., Tues­day, in­side the Vallejo City Hall Coun­cil Cham­bers, 555 Santa Clara St.


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