San Antonio city manager Sheryl Sculley was awarded a $75,000 performance bonus during a city council executive session Thursday afternoon.
The move was done in private during the executive session.
Sculley was originally expecting a $100,000 bonus.
The city council met in executive session for about an hour. After that hour, Mayor Ron Nirenberg came out of the meeting and flatly stated that no action had been taken and the meeting was adjourned.
However, inside the meeting, Councilman Greg Brockhouse talked to KTSA about the discussion.
“We went around the room, we talked about it. Each individual member had their goals and what they felt was right and ultimately I called for no bonus,” said Brockhouse.
Others had a more favorable view of the city manager’s work.
“Sheryl has my admiration,” District 5 City Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales said in a statement released by the city. “Running the City is tough. Not only do you have politics, but it’s like running 30 different businesses. She’s not just overseeing pothole repair. Sheryl’s also responsible for public safety, the airport, pre-K education, building infrastructure, catching stray animals and picking up garbage for nearly 500 square miles.”
Council members praised Sculley’s work during the San Antonio tornadoes and Hurricane Harvey.
“City Manager Sculley’s willingness to work together and continually improve basic services like sidewalks and street lighting illustrate her commitment to providing the highest level of service to the taxpayers of San Antonio,” said District 1 City Councilman Roberto Treviño in the same statement.
“It felt like we had a difficult year of oversight, leadership breakdowns — everything from… the Tricentennial to Centro. I think we’ve had a lot of opportunity that things have broke down that shouldn’t have from financial management to just leadership,” the councilman told KTSA. “I think giving her double the pay what an entire family — the average family in San Antonio makes, it’s pretty sad.”
The city says the City Auditor and City Clerk also received high marks in their reviews. They both could get salary increases next month.
“If there’s one thing we all seem to agree on,” Mayor Nirenberg stated, “it is the annual performance review process needs to be improved and formalized for future years. It’s unfair to me, the Council and these employees that we don’t have a lasting process and well-known set of performance expectations.”
“The fact we do it behind closed doors without a public vote and explaining to the public where their tax dollars are going is ridiculous,” Brockhouse stated.
The council was also expected to look into joining Bexar County in a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers. It’s not clear what the future of that effort may be.