The Baker City Council has agreed to keep Fred Warner Jr. working as city manager after he retires through the state’s pension system.
The Council on Tuesday approved a new contract with Warner, who has been city manager since May 2016.
The Council discussed the plan in a work session Monday night before voting on the matter Tuesday.
One change in the agreement was the move of Warner’s planned retirement from the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) from Dec. 31 to Nov. 30.
Warner said the suggestion had been made that he retire even earlier, on Oct. 31, to save the City $3,000 per month in PERS payments to the end of the year.
He was not able to make arrangements for that to happen in such a short time span, however, so the date was moved back to Nov. 30, Warner said today.
Changes in the retirement system will take place in January, which will affect the savings realized by the City, Warner said.
Warner will continue to receive his current salary of $101,959 for an indefinite period, serving at the pleasure of the council as he has since he was hired for the job.
One change in the new agreement requires Warner to provide the Council with written notice six months in advance of resigning from the job rather than 30 days as his prior agreement required.
Warner said he has no imminent plans to retire. He will be available to help the City as it faces employee contract negotiations, budgeting and working toward hiring a new person for his job, he said.
“I am going to retire some day,” he said, adding that he believes the new agreement “is good for the city and good for me.”
He noted that three councilors will be leaving their positions because of term limits — Loran Joseph, Mike Downing and Randy Schiewe — and two — Doni Bruland and Arvid Andersen — will be eligible to run for re-election in the coming year.