PENDLETON?— City Council approved transferring $78,000 Tuesday from contingency funds to cover city manager’s pay.

“What we are doing is transferring money from contingency to the city manager’s division, since we’re paying about six months of double salaries for city managers,” finance director Linda Carter said.

Council Nov. 1 hired a new city manager, Robb Corbett, to start at $115,000 per year, and sent current manager Larry Lehman out with a $89,000 severance package.

Central Services’ contingency funds are used for administrative services, and allocating less than 15 percent for operating the city manager department is legal in state budget law, she said.

City taxpayers won’t cover the entire cost, Carter said, since Central Services’ funds come from pots of money paid into by the Pendleton Convention Center and municipal fees for water and utilities. 

—Kate Whittle

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