More pay for mayor

  • Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mayor Bill Collins will enjoy significantly higher pay during the second half of his term than the first.
Town Council gave final approval Wednesday to increasing the mayor’s pay to $45,000 from the current $15,000, beginning in January and ending December 2015.
“I’ll try to do my best to earn it,” Collins said after the vote.
Collins recused himself from discussion and voting on the raise as well as a resolution calling on him to make monthly reports to council.
Councilman Aaron Brown particularly pushed for the monthly reporting.
Council has been somewhat marginalized in recent months, he said, and he’s learned about major personnel decisions by happenstance rather than through open communication.
Brown initially asked council to specify that the mayor should report monthly on personnel changes, changes to advisory boards and commissions, departmental updates, unresolved citizen complaints, new business licenses, pending legal actions and proposed new developments.
Mayor Pro Tem Terry Jenkins suggested it would be easier to ask the mayor to report all significant information rather than try to list all the specifics.
Given that his comments were on the record, Brown agreed.
Collins was elected in May 2011. The town had been without an administrator for a few months, after Dennis Pieper resigned, and the previous council had decided to let the incoming council make the hiring decision for a new administrator.
Instead, the new council decided to give the mayor additional duties and do without an administrator.
Collins had campaigned with the promise he’d be able to devote full-time hours to the job because he was retired.
Since then, the town agreed to move its elections to November, pushing Collins’s term to the end of 2015.


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