San Leandro city manager to sign five-year contract; receive $22,500 bonus

San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata will
continue to give $20,000 of his salary to the 
police chief and assistant city manager.

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata is set to signed a new five-year contract worth $223,000 in annual salary. The San Leandro City Council is scheduled to approve the new contract at Monday night’s meeting.

City officials needed an extra few weeks to hammer out terms of Zapata’s new contract. Last month, it moved to extend Zapata’s expiring contract another six months while it wound down negotiations.

Zapata’s new contract calls for an annual base salary of $223,000, in addition to adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index. The figure is equal to what he first earned in 2012. However, he will receive a signing bonus of $22,500, according to a staff report, in recognition of his work over the past three years.

The lump sum payment, however, must be reimbursed to the city if Zapata leaves the position or is terminated with or without cause, said the report.

Before Zapata’s arrival from National City, Calif., San Leandro had been without a permanent city manager for nearly a year following the City Council’s decision not to renew former City Manager Stephen Hollister’s contract in late 2010.

Also included in the new deal is the continuation of a unique financial arrangement, beginning in January 2013, between Zapata and the city’s police chief and assistant city manager. Zapata will continue to forfeit $10,000 in pay to each employee through the end of 2017, according to the terms of his new contract. The move was intended to dissuade each of them from entertaining offers from competing cities.

The new deal, which runs through Jan. 30, 2020, also includes allowances for communication devices, gas and automobile insurance coverage, according to the report.