Council members decided to wait until the full complement of elected leaders were on hand before reviewing Carey’s contract. The council is now expected to review Carey’s work and possibly extend his contract at the Aug. 13 meeting.
Staff recommended extending Carey’s contract through 2014 following several positive responses from staff and elected Sparks officials.
Carey, a somewhat soft-spoken manager, was promoted to the position in 2000. His performance is evaluated bi-annually, with salary reviews every July. His current salary is $194,064 a year.
Under the contract, Carey also receives cost-of-living increases as provided to other city employees. With a renewed contract, the city would also agree to pay Carey longevity pay, a net amount of $2,500 on the first Wednesday following Nov. 30 of each year of the two-year contract. The contract has an annual renewal date of July 31 each year, subject to the manager’s willingness and physical ability to continue to perform the required duties for that period.
If Carey did resign at any time, with a one-month notice, the city would agree to pay him 100 percent of all accrued annual leave, sick leave and unused personal leave.
The city can also terminate Carey at any time, according to the contract.
Other perks of Carey’s contract include: a dollar-for-dollar match of Carey’s contribution to a deferred compensation program as limited by federal law; the city would pay 100 percent of Carey’s contribution to the state Public Employment Retirement System; Carey is paid a fixed sum of $275 per pay period of the use of his personal vehicle for city business, with future increases to be determined as part of the executive resolution or as amended by city action; Cary received compensated annual leave, sick leave, service-connected disability leave, court leave, military leave and leave of absence (annual and sick leave is carried over year to year); the city pays Carey’s professional dues and subscriptions necessary for his continuation and participation in national, regional, state and local associations and organizations; the city agrees to pay the travel and subsistence expenses for professional and official business travel and meetings; the city provides Carey with a city procurement card for expenses; the city pays all costs of any fidelity or other bonds required of Carey by virtue of is employment; Carey is given holiday leave, medical benefits, disability insurance and insurance.
The mayor and City Council members did evaluate Carey’s performance in writing. As a whole, the comments were positive and spoke directly to what they termed as effective leadership in many areas. Some of the criticisms included: “We need to get control of our health care,” “Get our unions under control continue fiscal conservatism and keep the lines of communication open,” “Continue to be the place where businesses want to come and live,” “Begin to look past recession and set priorities for the future,” and “Continue to focus on employee morale in the midst of another round of SSSI.” One staff member wrote that Carey needs to “Speak louder please.”
A Sparks native, Carey graduated from Sparks High School in 1975 and followed that by attending the University of Nevada, Reno. He is a licensed engineer and began his career in 1981 as a civil engineer. In 1992, he was named Public Works director for the city. In 1999, Carey was named assistant city manager and was promoted to his current position in January 2000.
Carey and his wife of 30 years, Jane, have two sons.