The city of Galt has offered former Parks and Recreation Director Boyce Jeffries a new job despite his ongoing litigation against the city claiming wrongful termination. He filed the lawsuit in late 2011, and it is set for trial next month.
City Manager Jason Behrmann said the position of recreation coordinator offered to Jeffries was not made available just for him. However, during the last few months, Jeffries’ attorney has asked if the city had considered bringing him back, even in a different capacity.
“We are happy to offer him the position and believe it could be an opportunity for Boyce to come back into a position where he could get back to serving the community,” Behrmann said. “If Boyce is not interested, we will complete the recruitment process for the position.”
Jeffries, who could not be reached for comment Monday, has until next Monday to decide, according to the offer letter sent by the city on Sept. 4 and made available by Jeffries’ attorneys. If he accepts, Oct. 7 would be his start date.
The position coordinates and supervises recreational activities at city facilities, among other things. In his former capacity, he oversaw this position and others.
His new annual salary would be $40,908, the top level for that position, according to the Human Resources Department.
Health and retirement benefits estimated at about $36,000 annually would be included.
Before being laid off, Jeffries was among the top earners in the city. In 2007, his annual salary was $162,000 and ranked sixth among Galt employees.
Jeffries, hired by the city’s parks and recreation department in 1984 and named director 13 years later, sued the city seven months after his position was eliminated, claiming age discrimination. He was 54 at the time.
But Behrmann maintains that Jeffries’ layoff was never about age or wanting to get rid of him.
“We were forced to make very difficult decisions due to the economic downturn and financial condition of the city,” Behrmann said. “The economy has shown slight improvement, and the recreation coordinator position was recently made available by the city council during the budget update.”
The director position is still frozen and will remain unfilled into the foreseeable future, according to the city.