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Jose Ortiz, new chancellor of the Peralta Community College District in California to receive $260,000 base salary

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New Peralta Community College District chancellor Jose Ortiz

The new chancellor of the Peralta Community College District will make a base salary of $260,000 his first year -- and if that's not enough, his compensation package comes with a number of sweeteners.

Jose Ortiz, whose three-year contract is expected to be approved by trustees Tuesday, will receive a raise of at least $20,000 -- or 7.7 percent -- if he "meets expectations" his first year, according to the contract. The raise would put his salary near the top of Bay Area community-college chancellors' compensation.

Ortiz, president of Santa Maria's Allan Hancock College and a former Laney College administrator, also will receive a $20,000 moving bonus and $25,000 a year in deferred compensation. He will be eligible for lifetime health benefits, a perk that Peralta stopped offering to most employees hired after 2004.

The hiring would give Peralta a full-fledged chancellor for the first time in two years. Peralta trustees ousted former Chancellor Elihu Harris after this newspaper reported his questionable ethical and financial decisions.
The four-college district negotiated Ortiz's contract for weeks, said Peralta Trustee Cy Gulassa.

"We needed someone solid," Gulassa said, noting that Ortiz's contract does not include a car allowance or other perks once commonplace in chancellors' deals. "Ortiz is solid. He's well aware of his value in the competitive marketplace."
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