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Following up on a discussion that started last fall, the City Council approved an ordinance that sets benefits for the mayor, including setting vacation time.

The ordinance approved Monday night allows the mayor to accrue vacation days, but does not allow her to sell days back to the city at the end of each 4-year term.

The action came after several personnel committee meetings on just how to set personal policies for the Mayor, which had not been clear while Dean Maxwell was Mayor. 

The ordinance sets out these benefits:

Pension and retirement benefits as may be available through the State Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), or other such pension and retirement benefits under law;

Health welfare and wellness coverage and benefits (including health insurance), to the same extent as city department heads;

The mayor’s schedule may include such periods of leave for illness, disability, vacation (generally recommended as 10 hours per month/120 hours annually) and all official city holidays.

The mayor serves a term of office and does not “accrue” leave as other city officials; and, as a result, there is no buy-out of unused leave. The mayor shall give notice, as soon as practicable, to the city council of periods of absence in order that the mayor pro tem and council may provide for all necessary services during the mayor’s absence.

The mayor’s schedule of attendance to city business and periods of leave, generally consistent with the city’s standard practices, should be maintained for record-keeping purposes only.