LEMOORE — The Lemoore City Council agreed to make changes to Lemoore City Manager Andi Welsh’s contract this week including paying 100 percent of her medical premiums and being entitled to 12 months of severance pay.

The City Council voted 4-0 to approve changes in her contract. Councilman William Siegel was absent from the City Council meeting on Tuesday.

Here are some of the changes:

  • Welsh will receive $10,100 in pension benefits annually, which is a $3,600 increase from when she was hired in June 2015.
  • If the City Council decides to not renew, extend or amend her contract, the council must give her at least six months’ notice prior to the end of her term.
  • Lemoore will pay 100 percent of medical, dental and vision premiums for Welsh and her family, which was not included in her original contract.
  • If terminated without cause, Welsh would be entitled to severance pay equal to 12 months rather than six months or the remainder of her contract, whichever is less.

Reached by email on Thursday morning, Welsh said she did not have any comments in regard to the changes in her contract.

“The reason we changed the contract was it was a way for us to compensate her because we couldn’t do it in a monetary way,” said Councilman Ray Madrigal. “This was just another way to show her we appreciate what she is doing.”

Madrigal said the City Council is pleased with what Welsh has done and wanted to demonstrate the confidence the council has in her.

“She is a very proactive person,” Madrigal said. “She is able to look at things from an organizational standpoint and understand where things can get better.”

The council hired Welsh in June 2015 to replace Jeff Laws, who retired.

In April, Welsh received a $549-a-month raise, which increased her base annual salary from $128,760 to $135,348.

Lemoore Mayor Lois Wynne said the changes this week were bringing her contract “up to industry standards” and added that those changes reflect what is typically in a city manager's contract.

West Coast Regional Director for the International City/County Management Association Kevin Duggan said the changes regarding Welsh’s severance pay were consistent to other city manager contracts in California.

“Anywhere between six to 18 months is in the ball park of consistent practice,” he said, regarding her severance pay.

Duggan added that other changes in the contract are consistent as well.

“It puts her on par," Madrigal said. 

This reporter can be reached at csandoval@hanfordsentinel.com or 583-2422.