Los Gatos municipal building sunset
The sun sets behind the Los Gatos Civic Center Plaza. (Drew Penner / Los Gatan)

Two of the Town’s top brass—the Town Manager and Town Attorney—secured raises during the Dec. 6 regularly scheduled Council meeting.

Town Manager Laurel Prevetti, got a 3% ($8,033 base salary) increase, bringing her pay up to $275,783 a year—as well as “a one-time pandemic-related bonus” of $2,500—which were back-dated to Sept. 2, 2022.

In 2017 Prevetti got her first raise—a 4.43% increase with a $3,000 performance bonus.

This was her seventh upward salary adjustment.

Town Attorney Gabrielle Whelan has now been with Los Gatos for six months, so she received a 1.5% salary increase of $3,872, bringing her pay up to $253,649 annually.

She did not receive a pandemic bonus as she was not employed by the town during the relevant period.

Both the Town Manager and the Town Attorney report directly to Council.

In an interview with the Los Gatan, Prevetti said other Town employees received a 3% pay increase—as well as a $2,500 pandemic bonus—in June.

She stressed that the fact Whelan didn’t get a bonus had nothing to do with her performance and referred to statements to that effect by elected officials when the item came up.

“A couple Council members wanted it to be very clear,” she said. “They didn’t want the public to think there was a problem.”

In fact, says Prevetti, Whelan has been doing a fantastic job.

“She does great research,” she said. “She’s got a great approach in terms of trying to get to a solution, and trying to get to ‘Yes.’”

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Drew Penner is an award-winning Canadian journalist whose reporting has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Good Times Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times, Scotts Valley Press Banner, San Diego Union-Tribune, KCRW and the Vancouver Sun. Please send your Los Gatos and Santa Cruz County news tips to [email protected].


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