Thursday, January 31, 2013

Phil Ludos, six-digit salary

Mark Tower | mtower@mlive.comBy Mark Tower | 
on January 31, 2013 at 11:25 AM, updated January 31, 2013 at 11:27 AM
Phil LudosView full sizeAssistant Saginaw City Manager for Public Safety Phil Ludos speaks at the Saginaw County Courts and Public Safety Committee meeting Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. 
SAGINAW, MI — Assistant City Manager for Public Safety Phil Ludos is now earning a more than $100,000 annual salary, according to the city's budget documents for the current fiscal year.
Ludos, who was hired in January 2011 at a $96,038 annual salary, now oversees city police, fire and inspections operations.
According to the 2012-2013 budget, the city allocated $102,406 for the fiscal year to cover the administrator's compensation. Both before and after the pay rate range, Ludos was one of the highest-paid administrators in Saginaw City Hall, second only to City Manager Darnell Earley.
Earley currently earns an annual salary of $110,000, the same wages promised in a 2005 contract when he took over as interim city manager.
The difference between Ludos' starting and current salaries is due to both a 1 percent across-the-board pay increase for city employees in 2011, the last such increase given, and the contracted step increase owed Ludos.
Ludos' contract, received by MLive in response to a Freedom of Information request, spells out no specific contract term, though the city is given authority to terminate it at any time without any written notice.
If Ludos decides to resign or retire, the contract requires him to provide 14 days written notice.
He is promised six months of his salary as severance pay if he is terminated by the city for any reason other than "for poor work performance, violation of work rules, or any other cause related reason."
This section of Ludos' contract has churned up controversy since he was hired, called by some an "incentive" for the administrator to work toward changes to Saginaw's police and fire departments that would render his position unnecessary.
Ludos and Earley have recently worked on a proposed police services contract with Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel in an attempt to balance the city budget.
Most other top administrative employees at Saginaw City Hall are also entitled to severance pay equivalent to six months' wages, including the following:
Development Director William Ernat, Executive Assistant to the City Manager Debbie Buck, Assistant to the City Manager/Budget  Administrator Yolanda Jones, Deputy City Manager/CFO Tim Morales, Employee Services Director Dennis Jordan, Technical Services Director Jeff Klopcic and Director of Water and Waste Water Treatment Kim Mason.
Two administrative-level employees without severance pay written into their contracts are Public Services Director Phil Karwat, and City Clerk Janet Santos.
According to the city manager's contract, Earley is entitled to three months' salary if terminated by city council without cause.
Ludos is entitled to the same benefits package as other non-union city employees hired at that time, including paid time off, paid holidays, short and long-term disability, a defined contribution retirement plan, a voluntary deferred compensation plan and health and other types of insurance.

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