The Ralston City Council approved a five-year contract that will pay the new general manager of the Ralston Arena an annual salary of $90,000.
Mayor Don Groesser said Tuesday that Paul Hendrickson will focus on booking more shows.
“The most important thing we've been trying to tell him is, we need more events in here,” Groesser said.
Hendrickson will be reviewed after six months, at which point his salary could increase to $95,000.
The contract also includes the possibility of a year-end $10,000 bonus if he meets benchmarks set by the mayor. He also will receive benefits in line with those of other city employees.
Hendrickson replaces Curtis Webb, who resigned to take a job in Minnesota.
In his previous job, Hendrickson was operations manager at Reliant Park, a complex that includes the home of the Houston Texans football team. His first day at the Ralston Arena was Monday.
“He's here, he's got half his furniture here, and I think he'll be a great asset,” Groesser said.
Hendrickson did not attend the council meeting because he was at a national conference as part of his new job.
The arena opened in October and is home of Omaha Lancers hockey, University of Nebraska at Omaha men's basketball and other attractions.
At the meeting, the council also approved a permit for a keno operation in the arena.
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