MARTINEZ -- The City Council is holding a special closed session meeting Friday to discuss City Manager Phil Vince's employment.

The notice for the meeting indicates three possible options for action: dismissal, discipline or release. On Wednesday, council members discussed Vince's performance during a closed session following the regular council meeting.

Mayor Rob Schroder couldn't be reached Thursday for comment. Although Vince said Thursday he believed the language included in the notice for the Friday meeting is standard for performance evaluations, Wednesday's council agenda didn't mention any possible action connected to his evaluation.

Vince had been town manager in Moraga for four years when the Martinez council tapped him in May 2008 to replace the retiring Don Blubaugh. Vince arrived in Martinez with a reputation for fostering economic development. Shortly after his hiring, Vince said his five-year plan included creating vitality downtown, improving the parks, jump-starting the economy and making the marina more of a regional draw.

During Vince's tenure, the city built a new swimming pool, remodeled the library and upgraded many of the parks. But the recession hampered efforts to lure businesses, and the marina has fallen further into disrepair. In November 2011, eight months before Vince's four-year contract was set to expire, city leaders revealed that they had never formally reviewed his performance. In June 2012, the council extended Vince's contract for two years.


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Vince was hired at an annual base salary of $194,000. According to data provided to the Bay Area News Group for calendar year 2012, Vince earned a base salary of $204,806, and Martinez paid $22,216 for his health coverage and $37,000 for his retirement benefits.

Lisa P. White covers Martinez and Pleasant Hill. Contact her at 925-943-8011. Follow her at Twitter.com/lisa_p_white.