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New city manager begins this week

Susan Wood, Tahoe Daily Tribune

It should be official Tuesday.

The South Lake Tahoe City Council may approve at the 6 p.m. session the contract of its new city manager, David Jinkens.

Jinkens, 52, was offered the top job a few weeks ago to replace David Childs, who resigned in January to take a position with the International City/County Management Association.



Jinkens is due to start the day after the council meeting under a five-year agreement for a $110,000 annual salary.

In addition to the standard city employee benefits, Jinkens may receive two weeks each of “banked” vacation and sick leave, $200,000 of life insurance, up to $6,000 for moving expenses and a car allowance of $400 a month. Professional memberships and training are also included.



Jinkens may be eligible for a 3 percent increase next January.

If needed, the city has even outlined a nine months severance package upon termination.

The consultant, Elk Grove’s first city manager after incorporating a few years ago, has indicated that he’s looking forward to delving into the work and the community.

Another fairly recent newcomer to the town, cable operator Charter Communications will bring representatives to the council chambers at the 3 p.m. session for a public forum.

Charter took over AT&T Broadband’s cable systems affecting the South Shore market a year ago. Since then, questions and comments from channel coverage to reception have arisen.

The council may also award a bid to Gordon N. Ball, Inc. for $484,846 in work on the 15th Street bike path.

Air transportation at the Lake Tahoe Airport will also make the 6 p.m. agenda when the council decides to use funds for a 10 percent match to a Federal Aviation Administration grant whose deadline for designation is fast approaching.

The airport commission has wanted to buy into two parcels to enhance visibility at the airport and needs the match on the $980,830 total estimated project cost.


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