LANCASTER – City Manager Bob LaSala is receiving a 5 percent raise after his first full year on the job. LaSala’s salary is being bumped up from $205,000 to $215,250 a year. The raise was approved unanimously by the City Council at its meeting Tuesday night. “I would say it was a vote of confidence from the council,” said Mayor Frank Roberts. “We’re pretty pleased.” LaSala was hired in November 2004 and spent the first few weeks working part time while he finished up consulting commitments to the city of Fresno. He came aboard full time in January 2005. In the first municipal adopted after his arrival, funding for law enforcement was increased by $1.6 million. Another $1.2 million was added during the mid-year budget review. The bolstering of law enforcement included funding additional community service officers, a fingerprint technician, adding a crime prevention/community relations officer and launching efforts aimed at reducing speeding. The city is also in the process of doubling its code enforcement staff from four to eight officers, which will also aid crime fighting, city officials said. LaSala said part of his first year was spent putting together a team in city hall, including hiring new directors of finance and human resources and hiring two assistant city managers. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “I’m very appreciative,” LaSala said of the council’s vote. “I’m enjoying the challenges and opportunities this position offers.” Under LaSala, the city started a series of strategic planning efforts, including a five-year financial forecast and a six-year capital improvement plan to anticipate what the city must build to accommodate growth. Also started was a downtown specific plan for preserving the neighborhood and its businesses, a plan to address city maintenance of streets and other facilities, and the reworking of the city’s general plan. A neighborhood preservation strategic plan, a parks master plan and a communications plan are also in the works. All of those planning efforts will have strong citizen involvement, LaSala said.