Village News Reporter
The Fallbrook Public Utility District approved a salary increase for FPUD general manager Jack Bebee.
During the July 24 FPUD board meeting, a 5-0 vote approved an amended employment agreement between Bebee and the district. Bebee will receive a 7.5% salary increase retroactive to July 1, which will increase his annual compensation from $241,555 to $259,672, not including benefits.
“We have a first-class general manager,” said FPUD board member Charley Wolk.
Bebee was hired by FPUD in 2009 and originally held the title of engineering and planning manager. FPUD added the operations of the district's wastewater treatment plant to Bebee's responsibilities in 2013 and changed his title to assistant general manager. Bebee was appointed as FPUD's acting general manager in 2017 and was given an annual salary of $220,147. He became the formal general manager in August 2018 but did not receive a salary increase.
In 2020, the FPUD board approved a $5,000 performance bonus for Bebee during closed session performance reviews, but Bebee recommended to the board that the $5,000 instead be split among FPUD's employees who were facing more challenges during the coronavirus outbreak than he was. The money was split between the other 63 FPUD employees, although the matching contribution for Bebee's 401(a) retirement plan was increased from 2.5% to 4.8% and his maximum vacation leave accrual was increased from 248 hours to 270 hours. In 2021, Bebee’s base salary was increased by 4.5% to $230,053, and he was also given a one-time $5,000 performance bonus for meeting his work plan goals. In 2022, he was given a 5% salary increase, and FPUD also increased the matching contribution to Bebee’s retirement plan from 4.8% to 7% and increased his vehicle allowance.
Bebee is not reimbursed for mileage incurred while on FPUD business although he receives a monthly vehicle allowance. His $604.17 vehicle allowance and $75 monthly cell phone reimbursement payment did not change from 2017 to 2022, when his vehicle allowance was increased to $750. FPUD also pays Bebee's dues for organizations related to FPUD and for publication subscriptions and conference registration fees necessary or desirable for professional development.
His vacation leave is based on his total service with FPUD. Bebee currently accrues eight hours per pay period. The amended employment agreement also eliminated Bebee’s ability to cash out up to half of his accrued vacation leave upon retirement.