By Mike McKibbin / NewsBreak Denver / Jan. 6, 2023
[CASTLE ROCK, COLO.] — The Castle Rock town attorney and town manager received 4.5% and 5% retroactive salary hikes and another $3,000 increase as of the first of the year.
The town council approved resolutions granting the salary hikes and making other changes in the employment contracts with Town Manager David Corliss and Town Attorney Michael Hyman in December.
As is typical with personnel issues, the council met in a closed session earlier in 2022 to consider the changes. They did not discuss the contract amendments in open sessions or when the agreements were items on a consent agenda. Such routine items are commonly approved without discussion.
NewsBreak requested and received copies of Corliss' and Hyman's agreements and other related documents through the Colorado Open Records Act.
Corliss and the town agreed to a 10-year employment agreement on April 7, 2015, with an annual salary of $170,000. According to the documents, the town's prior town manager, Mark Stevens, was paid $178,623.57 annually.
Corliss had 25 years of experience and was the city manager in Lawrence when hired by Castle Rock. The agreement was amended on Dec. 6, 2022, to reflect his new salary.
The amendment boosts Corliss' salary to $229,448.31 per year — a 5% merit increase — effective retroactively to June 1, 2022, and then another $3,088.28 increase to $232,536.59 per year effective Jan. 1, 2023.
The amendment also states the town agreed to a 20% contribution rate to an "executive plan." That rate is minus the combined employer and employee contribution rates to the town's base pension plan.
Hyman and the town agreed to a 10-year employment agreement on June 16, 2020. His salary was $200,000 plus periodic bonuses with council approval.
The 2022 amendment calls for Hyman to be paid an annual salary of $216,315.31 — a 4.5% increase — effective retroactively to July 1, 2022. He was given another $3,088.28 increase to$219,403.59 per year as of Jan. 1, 2023.
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