Council awards contract extensions to 3 staff members

By: 
DARRELL JACKSON, Staff Writer

During its June 26 voting meeting, the Glendale City Council unanimously approved new three-year contracts for City Manager Kevin Phelps, City Attorney Michael Bailey and City Clerk Julie Bower.
All three contracts began July 1, 2018, and expire June 30, 2021, unless written notice is given by the employee or City Council.
Phelps took over for Interim City Manager Dick Bowers, who was appointed Feb. 18, 2015, to serve after Brenda Fischer resigned after working in Glendale for nearly two years.
Before coming to Glendale, Phelps was serving as deputy county manager in Pierce County, Wash. He previously served in the Washington State Auditor’s Office as a deputy auditor and as an elected councilmember for the city of Tacoma. He was also a founder and managing general partner of Landmark Convention Center, also in Tacoma.

Phelps has overseen, along with councilmembers, a major financial turnaround for the city, which was on the verge of bankruptcy before he was hired.
Phelps’ base pay will increase from $210,000 to $229,500 per year under the extension.

 

 

Bailey, who has been city attorney since September 2013, was also given a three-year extension after taking over for former Interim City Attorney Nick DiPiazza. He was the city attorney for Surprise from May 2007 through March 2013 and was a Glendale assistant attorney for five years before that.
Bailey’s base pay increased from $170,000 to $191,675 per year under the extension.

 

Bower, who took over for longtime City Clerk Pam Hanna in June 2016, was also given a three-year extension by the council.

She had served five and a half years in Oro Valley, a fast-growing municipality outside Tucson, with a population of 41,011. Before that, she was clerk for 11 years in Littleton, Colo., a 44,000-resident suburb of Denver.
Bower’s base pay for the extension is $141,000 per year.

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