2007 Council Announcements

December 4, 2007


City Council Announcements

December 4, 2007


A. Information Needed by Council Staff

1.    The City has received a request from the Salt Lake Legal Defender Association for a mid-year budget amendment in the amount of $15,295 for the remainder of the current fiscal year.  (A full year’s cost is $49,000, which will be included in their request during the next annual budget process.)


According to John Hill, Director of the Salt Lake Legal Defender Association, three of their nine funded attorneys accepted employment offers recently from other firms offering more competitive salary and benefit packages.  Mr. Hill indicates the loss of three employees has created a serious morale issue, affecting the stability and retention of their staff.


In order to be more competitive, Mr. Hill requests additional funding which would position the attorneys’ salaries in his office to be comparable with the salaries offered by the Salt Lake City Prosecutor and Salt Lake County District Attorney offices.  Mr. Hill is requesting to increase the base salaries of the attorneys ranging from $45,000-$47,000 annually to $51,000 annually.


$ 24,500    Brings 9 attorney salaries ranging from $45,000-$47,000 to $51,000 annually

$   2,295   FICA

$ 26,795

-  11,500   Subtract surplus of $1,500 plus $10,000 (other available funds)



Attached is additional information from the Salt Lake Legal Defender Association. 


Does the Council wish to add this request to the current budget opening? 




2.    Could the Council please review the attached Council Policy Manual amendments and provide feedback to the staff. The Council Policy Manual will be updated accordingly and distributed to Council Members and Council Members-elect.


This item will be addressed at the next City Council meeting.