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Oakley City Manager Bryan Montgomery received a 4 percent raise from the city council Tuesday, May 14. His new salary will be $239,460 per year. Montgomery has been working for the city since 2005.

Mayor Claire Alaura endorsed the raise during the May 14 regular city council meeting, noting that his pay rate was comparable to other city managers of similar-sized cities in the county. Councilmember Kevin Romick noted that the city manager’s pay rate was by far not the highest in the county, and hailed his commitment to the community and the stability he has brought to the management of the city.

Salaries for other area city managers range from $255,060 for Brentwood’s Gus Vina (62,433 population), $241,500 for Antioch’s Ron Bernal (111,674 population) and $246,615 for Pittsburg’s Garrett Evans (72,141 population). According to demographic figures reported by the City of Oakley, the city’s population is 42,744.

Montgomery commented after the meeting, “It is an honor and pleasure for me to serve as Oakley’s City Manager. We love Oakley and it is a great place to raise our family. I believe all of us as residents are very blessed to have a strong city council and extremely professional and competent city staff. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue working with them as we all strive to help make Oakley an even better community.”

The city manager’s new contract also updated some terms of his employment, specifically about his termination clauses. The new pact extends to 90 days the minimum notice the city council must provide should they consider firing him.

Councilmember Doug Hardcastle spoke in support of the contract raise, saying, Montgomery lives in the city and is a dedicated person with a long tenure at the city.

Fellow councilmember Sue Higgins said she was satisfied with the raise and the termination clauses.

“He cares, and that’s hard to replace,” Higgins said.

Mayor Alaura said she’d done her homework on the pay rates for similar cities, and believes the new raise is appropriate, adding that the city is a “mean, lean” operation, as run by Montgomery. She also noted that the city is still able to initiate a termination of the manager due to cause or malfeasance.

Local resident George Fuller spoke against the contract during public comments, particularly objecting to the added termination clauses.

The council approved the new contract by a 4-0 vote. Councilmember Randy Pope was not present at the meeting.

In other council matters:

A new $50,000 goat grazing contract with Capra Environmental Services was approved to control vegetation on city properties.

The council also approved a $75,000 downtown revitalization loan to Naim Zalmaiyar for a restaurant being built at 3685 Main St. The full-service restaurant, expected to be finished in four to five months, will be known as Heinrich’s Tavern. The restaurant will be 2,676 square feet, with approximate seating for 50-60 people. Heinrich’s Tavern will serve beer and wine with pub-style food, including pizza, burgers and kabobs. Zalmaiyar did not attend the Tuesday night meeting due to pressing family matters, according to a city official, which did cause some concern by councilmembers. However, the loan was approved by a 4-0 vote.