PORTSMOUTH — The City Council is expected to vote at its Jan. 22 meeting on a proposed five-year contract for Deputy City Manager Nancy Colbert Puff.

Mayor Jack Blalock confirmed councilors discussed the contract in a non-public session before their meeting earlier this week. But they will vote on the tentative deal with Colbert Puff in public at the Jan. 22 meeting, he said.

“Nancy Colbert Puff has done a fantastic job since she’s been working for the city of Portsmouth, most notably during (City Manager) John Bohenko’s absence for his surgery, and also while he was gone on sabbatical,” Blalock said Thursday. “She really filled in well.”

Colbert Puff took over as deputy city manager in May 2016. She will be paid $138,944 effective Jan. 1 if the City Council approves the contract, according to a copy of the draft agreement. Then on July 1 of 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 she will receive a cost of living adjustment between 2 and 5 percent, according to the draft contract.

The contract also calls for Colbert Puff to “be provided with a suitable automobile for use in the performance of her duties.” Other benefits will be established by the collective bargaining agreement between the city and Professional Manager’s Association.

The annual benefits include 12½ paid holidays, two personal days, 15 sick days, vacation time and health insurance, which the city pays 90 percent of, according to the contract.

Colbert Puff’s contract will run from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2024, according to the draft contract.

The council did not discuss including a residency clause in Colbert Puff’s contract, Blalock said. She lives in Kittery, Maine.

“I don’t think it’s necessary for the deputy city manager,” Blalock said.

Bohenko also praised Colbert Puff for her work. She has been in charge of the city’s public/private partnership with Redgate/Kane as the city seeks to redevelop the McIntyre Federal Building site.

“I think she’s done a very, very good job,” Bohenko said Wednesday. “When I was out on my leave for my surgery, she did a great job. She’s really a valued member of our organization."