Northwest NEWS

August 3, 1998

Local News

Council ups Katica's pay

   by Woodinville Weekly staff

   WOODINVILLE--Recognizing that he's been doing two different jobs, the Woodinville City Council agreed to additional compensation for interim city manager Jim Katica last week.
   The council ramped Katica's salary up $1,500 a month for each month he heads the city.
   The agreement is effective from when he was named interim in late June until a new city manager is named.
   Katica's regular job is finance director. He was appointed interim manager after the council removed the former city boss, Roy Rainey, in late June.
   "He's familiar with the city, being the [Chief Financial Officer], and staff," said Councilwoman Barbara Solberg. "Taking on additional responsibility is worthy of additional compensation."
   Raising Katica's salary $1,500 brings it close to Rainey's pay as manager.
   The motion was passed 6-0. Councilwoman Marsha Engel was absent and excused from the meeting.
   Meanwhile, council members met with Gary Hulbert of Hulbert and Associates, which was hired to find a new city manager, to discuss what qualities and characteristics they were looking for in a city manager.
   "With this information, Hulbert will be able to draft a profile to go forth with and search for candidates," Katica said.
   Solberg said Hulbert would bring a profile to the council Aug. 3 for confirmation.
   She said she was looking for someone who could "keep all parties at the table ... further staff development ... and bring the community and the city closer together."