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The San Marcos City Council recently voted to extend Griffin’s contract by two years. Photo courtesy of the City of San Marcos
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San Marcos extends city manager’s contract by two years

SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos City Council met in a regular session on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and voted to extend the contract of City Manager Jack Griffin by two years.

Griffin became the city manager in 2012 with an initial term agreement of two years.

Prior to his position at the City of San Marcos, Griffin served as city manager of Sebastopol in the Bay Area. He has also worked for the City of Chula Vista as the director of public works and director of general services.

Since starting at San Marcos, his employment agreement has been extended several times.

The last extension was in 2019 and also provided Griffin with a 6% merit increase equally split between a base pay increase and contribution to Griffin’s deferred compensation account.

This month’s council decision extends Griffin’s employment agreement to June 2024, according to the staff report.

The Council also agreed to increase the number of months to be paid out as severance pay in the event Griffin is terminated without cause and to provide him with 40 additional hours of vacation.

Also passed at the meeting was a resolution approving the construction documents for a bid on the Annual Surface Seal Fiscal Year 2020 Project. The council then authorized the city manager to award the project and execute the contract for the project.

Finally, the Council decided to push the public hearing concerning the disposal of five affordable small housing property interests to the Sept. 22 council meeting.

Councilmembers then heard updates and reports about San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), League of California Cities, North County Transit District, North County Dispatch Joint Powers Authority, San Marcos Unified School District Joint Working Group and the San Marcos Creek Project.

The next City Council meeting will be held on Sept. 22 at 6 p.m.

1 comment

Aletha Wittmann September 19, 2020 at 10:52 am

The city of San Marcos has an amazing sense of community. All of the pathways leading in and through the developments and to playgrounds lakes and hikes is incredible. In the afternoons you see families out walking people with their dogs people on bikes runners and all doing so with lovely garden settings and a feeling of being part have a wonderful community. I’ve owned a property here for about 5 years but I’ve only lived here for a year and a half. I’m very impressed with the management and the planning. People are friendly as they feel safe and happy as they’re able to explore the areas around them. So I’m glad that the city will continue with the management that’s working so nicely.

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