City Manager To Get Raise if Employees Do

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As will the city clerk and city auditor; the municipal court clerk gets 5 percent bump

Marc Ott
Marc Ott

Austin City Manager Marc Ott will get a pay raise after all—if the City Council gives the city’s non-civil service employees a raise when a 2012-2013 budget is adopted next month.

The Austin Bulldog reported August 16 that the City Council reviewed Ott’s performance in executive session that day and dismissed the item in open session when Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole said, “… we look forward to his continued service.”

Resolutions passed at yesterday’s council meeting state that the city manager, city auditor, and city clerk all will get whatever percentage pay raise is granted to the city’s rank-and-file.

The city manager has proposed a 3 percent pay increase for non-civil service employees.

Sheryl Cole
Sheryl Cole

Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole, who made the motion to approve the compensation packages for the four employees, said, “We have evaluated their performance in executive session and found them all quite satisfactory. … I would like to thank them for their continued service.”

Lee Leffingwell
Lee Leffingwell

Mayor Lee Leffingwell added, “From my personal perspective, all of these employees deserve more. But as you know we live in difficult times. Balancing our budget for the last several years has been very difficult. So we wanted to do as much as we possibly could for these employees.”

The council voted 6-0 to approve the motion with Council Member Bill Spelman absent and still recovering from surgery.

Ott’s current base pay is $249,268. A 3 percent pay increase would add $7,478 to bring it to $256,746. To see Ott’s resolution click here.

Kenneth Mory
Kenneth Mory

City Auditor Kenneth Mory’s current base pay is $138,410 and a 3 percent increase would add $4,152 to a new total of $142,562. To see Mory’s resolution, click here.

Shirley Gentry
Shirley Gentry

City Clerk Shirley Gentry now makes $126,525 and a 3 percent increase would add $3,796 for a total of $130,321. To see Gentry’s resolution, click here.

The pay of Municipal Court Clerk Rebecca Stark was handled differently; she was granted a 5 percent raise in base pay to set her compensation at $118,525, “to bring that salary closer to the market rate,” Mayor Lee Leffingwell said. “The others are at or very near the market rate.”

Rebecca StarkStark’s raise takes effect on the first day of the first pay period of the new fiscal year, which begins September 23. Stark’s pay was adjusted by Ordinance 20120823-062.

Other Bulldog coverage of Marc Ott:

No Praise, No Raise For City Manager Marc Ott: Twice-delayed performance evaluation delivered in closed-door executive session, despite absence of Council Member Spelman, August 16, 2012

The Marc Ott-Fort Worth Connection: Ott’s hire as city manager recommended by subordinate who Ott hired as Austin assistant city manager, August 14, 2012

City Manager’s Annual Review Postponed: Marc Ott’s Performance Review Now Set for August 16, August 2, 2012

City Manager Faces Crucial Annual Review: Bulldog Background Investigation Comes as Marc Ott’s Performance Gets Council Scrutiny, August 1, 2012

Employee E-Communication Policy Drafts Show Each Revision Weakened Rules: Policy That Was Nearly Compliant on First Draft Crippled by Changes, September 13, 2011

City Manager Establishes Policy for Employees’ Electronic Communications: Open Government Legal Experts Say Policy is Seriously Flawed, But It’s an Important Start, August 10, 2011

City of Austin Dragging Its Feet on Implementing Lawful E-mail Practices: City Employees, Board and Commission Members Still Not Covered by City Policies, July 13, 2011

Treasure Trove of Public Documents Made Available in Searchable Format: E-mails, Text Messages, Meeting Notes Obtained Through Open Records, Lawsuit, May 12, 2011

Council Work Sessions Stir Concern Over Tying Up Staff for Two Meetings: City Manager Presents Summary of Options for Council Consideration, February 15, 2011

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