South Lake Tahoe City Council approved a five-year contract for Manager Nancy Kerry on Tuesday.
Kerry has been the interim manager since May 15, 2012, according to a council staff report. Originally, the city intended to extend her contract for three and a half years.
But due to satisfactory performance, council members said during the meeting, they have offered her the position through Sept. 30, 2018.
“I’m very proud to serve this city, and I’m humbled by this opportunity,” Kerry said.
Kerry is to make a base salary of $170,000, which went into effect Tuesday, according to the city’s contract.
Most mentioned during the meeting were Kerry’s leadership skills thus far as well as her ability to recently cut costs in the city’s budget without having to cut any city employee positions.
“It’s really important for an organization to have some stability,” Mayor Tom Davis said. “I see us coming out of that and the leadership has been provided by Nancy.”
The city reserves the right to terminate the contract. Kerry has been heading the $90 million total budget of the city, cutting costs in the millions of dollars, council members said.
“She has come in under strenuous circumstances, worked tirelessly to already save the city $3 million; if anything ... her problem (is) working too hard for this community, making it a better place,” JoAnn Conner said.