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Glenwood Springs City Manager’s job likely secure for another 2 years

John Colson
Post Independent staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Hecksel

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The city manager’s job is most likely secure for at least another two years, under the terms of an employment contract adopted this week by the Glenwood Springs City Council.

Jeff Hecksel, hired to be the city manager in 2004, will earn $130,874 in base salary for the coming year, and barring any change in the contract or his employment status, will get the same raise as other city employees for the year after that, according to the contract.

Hecksel’s base pay, according to the archives of the Post Independent, has risen slowly over the years, including a raise from $121,000 in 2006, to $125,840 in 2007, an increase of four percent.

The jump from his 2007 salary to his base pay in 2010 also amounts to an increase of four percent. Hecksel reportedly did not receive a raise in 2009 due to the condition of the economy, and he could not be reached on Friday to determine if his current contract represents a raise or not. The contract was approved by the city council at its regular Aug. 19 meeting under the consent agenda, with no discussion.

According to the terms of the contract, which can be viewed on the city’s website, the term of the contract runs from Sept. 1 of this year to Sept. 1 of 2011, and is to be reviewed annually by the city council. The contract is to be renewed automatically “unless notice of nonrenewal is given at least 12 months in advance” of the expiration date.

The city manager gets the same benefits package as other employees of the city, except for the “employee home ownership program,” a housing subsidy that the city manager is specifically barred from. The manager also gets a $500 per month “vehicle allowance” and a cell phone paid for by the city.

Any move by the city to alter the contract, cut the base pay or change Hecksel’s duties, as laid out in the city’s charter, can be considered an act of termination of the contract, and Hecksel could call for his severance package, which equals a year’s pay, payable in a lump sum, according to the contract.

If, however, Hecksel chooses to quit his job, he must give the city two months’ notice and is not eligible for any severance pay.

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