New Bainbridge city manager to be paid $150K

The city of Bainbridge Island will pay its new city manager Douglas Schulze a salary of $150,000 a year, according to a contract now under consideration by the city council.

Schulze was selected on Wednesday, Sept. 19 after the city council spent the evening in executive session interviewing candidates for the city manager position.

Schulze was one of three finalists that emerged from a pool of 44 initial applicants. After a lengthy day and evening of interviews and council discussion, Schulze was selected as the council's top pick for the job.

The city council will vote on a three-year contract at its meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26.

According to the agreement, Schulze will begin working on Nov. 5.

The proposed contract also sets out what Schulze will be paid by Bainbridge Island if he is unable to serve out the three-year term of the agreement.

If Schulze voluntarily resigns his position during his first year on the job, he will be paid $15,000 in severance.

If the city council fires Schulze without cause during his first year on the job — or gives notice that it is looking for a new city manager — Schulze will get a severance package that includes a full year's worth of salary.

If he is terminated or the city gives notice he will be replaced in his second or third year of the contract, Schulze  will receive six months of pay.

Both separation scenarios include the continuation of six months of health insurance coverage.

The city released a copy of the 11-page contract on its website this week.

Previously, the city refused to release a draft of the contract, and said it was "exempt under the Public Records Act as an attorney-client privileged communication and/or attorney-client work product ... and a preliminary draft containing policy matters still under consideration."

Schulze will receive other benefits in the contract under consideration by the city council.

The city will pay for Schulze's professional development, including professional dues and fees for his involvement in the the International City/County Management Association and the Washington City/County Management Association.

The city will also pay for his attendance at up to six professional association meeting per year, including registration costs, travel and lodging costs, and meal expenses.

Schulze will also be paid up to $10,000 in moving expenses.

The city will provide repayment of "reasonable travel, meal and lodging expenses" for up to two trips of five days or less for each trip by Schulze and his significant other to Bainbridge to find housing.


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