Three appointees get pay hike

Published 9:52 pm Thursday, August 20, 2015

City Council on Wednesday raised the salaries of three of its four appointees.

City Attorney Helivi Holland got an 8-percent raise to $148,486. City Assessor Jean Jackson got a 4-percent bump, to $101,328. And City Clerk Erika Dawley got a 13.4-percent hike to $79,523.

Councilman Don Goldberg made the motion, seconded by Councilman Tim Johnson. It passed unanimously.

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The new salaries are retroactive to July 1.

Councilman Mike Duman provided the only comment before the vote, saying the raises were proposed based on market studies and are consistent with compensation offered by cities with similar populations and budgets. Tenure and job performance also were taken into consideration, he said.

“I think it’s important that if Suffolk is going to continue to grow and evolve as a progressive city, that it must be able to attract and retain high-caliber personnel, by offering adequate compensation that is competitive in the marketplace,” Duman said. “I’m confident these adjustments to appointees’ salaries are reasonable, justifiable and deserving.”

The council had discussed the three appointees’ performance during a series of closed sessions in the last couple of months. The fourth appointee, the city manager, currently is filled by an interim, Patrick Roberts.