A four year contract with a base salary of about $161,000 for Cheryl Harrison-Lee, Gardner city administrator, was published with the agenda for the council’s Jan. 19 meeting, and was approved.
The Gardner city council’s Jan. 18 meeting was rescheduled to Jan. 19 due to the Martin Luther King holiday.
The contract was approved 4-0; Rich Melton, council member, was absent.
According to the proposed four – year contract on the city’s website, effective Jan. 19, the salary would be $161,000 and a car allowance of $500 monthly. Base salary would increase by four percent if performance expectations are met, and by six percent if Harrison-Lee exceeds expectations. Also, upon successful performance evaluation, Harrison-Lee could be eligible for up to a $7,500 yearly bonus.
The Gardner city council had recently met twice in closed meeting to discuss the administrator’s contract, but they did not make a statement regarding any actions taken upon reopening in regular session. The council recessed into a 15 minute executive session during their regular meeting Jan. 4, and also spent two hours in closed session at a special meeting Dec. 30.
Under the original terms of the March 2013 contract, base salary at that time was about $124,000; with successful performance evaluations base salary would be increased 7 percent in 2014, 6 percent in 2015 and 6 percent in 2016. Harrison-Lee was also eligible for an annual bonus of 5 percent of base salary.
As published on the agenda, it appears Harrison Lee-‘s annual bonus is capped at $7,500 rather than being set as a percentage, and the car allowance has decreased $100 per month. The proposed contract is for a four year term.
Harrison-Lee had been named one of three finalists for the Lawrence city manager position but was not selected.