With city manager fired, who’s in charge of Riverside?

Russo’s contract, which went into effect in February despite Bailey’s position that it was vetoed, was criticized by many members of the public for several provisions.

The new contract — like his old one — gave him a 3 percent raise in 2018, which would have meant a salary of $323,946, and continuing raises for a total of seven years.

Because he was fired without cause — meaning the council didn’t point to anything he did wrong as the reason for the firing — Russo is entitled to a severance equal to one year’s salary.

For the same reason, he will keep the 15-year, $675,000, loan from the city for his Riverside home that drew much of the controversy.

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