SPARKS – Sparks City Council easily agreed on City Manager Shaun Carey’s new two-year contract that sets a $152,567 yearly salary, longevity pay of $2,500 on the first Wednesday of each year the contract is in effect, 100 percent of all annual and sick leave, and several other perks.
The contract was delayed a month after the council could not agree to the contract in July. The deal will take effect immediately.
Staff recommended extending the contract through 2014 based on evaluations by council members, department heads and other specific city cmployees.
Under Carey’s original 2004 contract, his performance is evaluated every six months by the mayor and council and his salary review coincided with the July evaluation.
Carey’s base salary under his 2004 contract was $152,567.
“The city is in good shape financially as a direct result of the city manager carrying out the direction of the City Council,” reads one comment in the council’s evaluation of Carey. “Problems get solved on a more timely basis now. Communications are better also.”
Under areas that need improvement, the council said, “Get our unions under control, continue fiscal conservatism and keep the lines of communication open.” Other department heads and employees also addressed communication concerns.
In a critique, no doubt from Mayor Geno Martini, “He and I need to trim a few pounds.”
Carey grew up in Sparks and graduated from Sparks High School in 1975, according to his official biography on the city website. He began his professional career in 1981 as a civil engineer. In 1992, Carey was named Public Works director of the city of Sparks. In 1999, he was named assistant city manager and was promoted to city manager in January 2000. Carey holds a civil engineering degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, and is a licensed engineer in Nevada, California and Colorado. Carey and his wife, Jane, have been married 30 years and have two sons.
On Monday, Ron Smith was complimentary toward the well-liked manager.
“I think he’s doing a great job for us and I’ll be supporting this,” Smith said.
Mayor Martini said he enjoyed working with Carey through the years.
“You’ve made some tremendous and great recommendations to us. I appreciate it. I really enjoy working with you.”
Carey, in turn, thanked the city employees.
“We take great pride in getting it right here,” he said. “I appreciate working with this council. I appreciate the hard work you do. It’s been a pleasure and I look forward to working with you for years to come.”