CITY MANAGER BRUCE MOORE: City Board adjusts his contract on accrued vacation and leave days.

The Little Rock City Board went into executive session last night for, among others, personnel reviews of City Manager Bruce Moore and City Attorney Tom Carpenter. Both apparently received satisfactory appraisals.

The Board also gave City Attorney Carpenter the 1 percent raise that had been delayed earlier in the year. He makes $150,4000. City Manager Moore had already received the 1 percent and makes about $189,000.

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A more interesting wrinkle was the Board’s decision to change the terms of Moore’s contract as to accrued vacation time. It had limited him to 500 hours. Now he may accrue up to six months. There’s also some confusion about whether he may qualify for some additional pay accrual through 440 hours he hadn’t taken when he was assistant city manager before taking the top job.

This has two relevant factors: 1) It solidifies a cushion should the coming change in mayor (it’s Frank Scott Jr.’s intention to have city employees answer directly to him, rather than the city manager, who’d be a chief administrative officer) lead to a change in the city manager and 2) if the city board ultimately decides to treat Mayor Mark Stodola’s claim for unused leave time the same as it treats Moore. So far, he’s figuring on $173,000, or more than 13 months of unused leave time. City Director Joan Adcock and others had questions about that and they remain unresolved. Giving him six months of his $160,000 pay might emerge as a compromise.

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The Board will decide Tuesday what to do about Stodola’s pension, but odds are strong that it will move him from his private plan to the city’s defined benefit plan without making him use his personal contributions, but only the city’s, to enhance the value of his plan by $890,000 and pay him $80,000 a year in retirement, with a COLA and a spousal survivorship benefit that he must pay for. This arrangement will put future mayors under the defined benefit plan, too, but with a significant sweetener. Mayors will be able to retire at half pay after 10 years at age 60 or after 20 years at any age. Regular city employes must work 25 years to achieve that level of retirement pay.