Council Considers Renewing City Attorney/Prosecutor Michele Bagneris' Contract, for Her Twentieth Year with Pasadena

Published : Monday, February 25, 2019 | 5:40 AM

The Pasadena City Council is set to consider Monday a recommendation to amend its employment contract with City Attorney/City Prosecutor Michele Beal Bagneris and fix her salary at $282,079.20, from the current $276,548.27 that the City Council approved on August 27, 2018.

The new recommended salary would be effective retroactively from November 26, 2018, according to an Agenda Report prepared by Mayor Terry Tornek.

Bagneris would also receive a Management Incentive lump sum payment of $5,641, according to the recommendation. She will also continue to make a 10 percent employee-paid pension contribution to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS).

Bagneris is now in her twentieth year with the City of Pasadena as City Attorney/City Prosecutor. She started working with the City when she was recruited in 1997, while a shareholder at the law firm of Richards, Watson and Gershon specializing in public law.

In 1999, she left the firm to begin full-time duties as City Attorney for Pasadena.

In 2005, Bagneris was elected by her city attorney peers to serve as an officer of the League of California Cities City Attorneys Department; she served as department president up to 2006.

She now serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Local Government, a nonprofit research and education affiliate of the League of California Cities, California State Association of Counties and the California Special Districts Association whose mission is to promote good government at the local level.

Bagneris received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Stanford University in 1980 and was selected to participate in the International Political Economy program in London, England.

She received her Juris Doctorate Degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley in 1983.

If approved at the City Council meeting Monday, Mayor Tornek will be authorized to sign the amended employment agreement.

 

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