New LMUD GM to earn $262,500 per year

About seven months ago, in June 2022, the Lassen Municipal Utility District Board of Directors approved an 8 percent salary increase for then general manager Pat Holley, raising his pay to about $226,000 annually.

The board’s pick for its new general manager, if hired as expected at tomorrow night’s meeting, will earn even more than that.

According to the agenda for the LMUD board’s Tuesday, Jan. 23, meeting, the board plans to hire Robby D. Hamlin as the publicly owned utility district’s new general manager at this meeting.

According to the employment agreement between LMUD and Hamilin, the new general manager’s salary will be $262,500. Hamilin is expected to take the reins Feb. 1, remotely, but he will report to LMUD in person by Feb. 5.

Then Hamilin’s salary will increase 3 percent a year, but he may request a salary review in conjunction with twice annual performance evaluations that could make him eligible for an additional 5 percent raise the following year.

According to the agreement, he is eligible to receive a $25,000 relocation allowance, 25 days vacation days per year, an LMUD automobile, reimbursement for all job-related expenses and a cellphone allowance of $30 per month.

If terminated for cause, Hamlin “shall neither be entitled, nor shall receive, any future payment. of compensation beyond the termination date, nor any benefits or programs which are not yet fully vested at the time of such termination for cause.”

If terminated without cause in the first five years, Hamlin will receive an additional year’s salary.

If Hamlin resigns (upon 60 days’ notice to LMUD), he shall not be entitled to any further compensation for the unexpired term of this agreement beyond the termination date set forth in his Notice of Resignation, nor shall he be entitled to any benefits or other programs which are not yet vested at the time of the effective date of such resignation.

If he dies while in office, the district shall pay to his estate any and all compensation that would have been due to Hamlin at the time of death.

According to a copy of the agreement included in the board packet, Hamlin signed the agreement Dec. 21, 2023.