Logan City Council approves 11% pay rise for elected officials – Cache Valley Daily
Members of the Logan City Council voted themselves and Mayor Holly Daines a nearly 11% pay raise at their regular meeting on Tuesday.
LOGAN — After some soul-searching and a bit of angst at their regular meeting Tuesday, Logan City Council members voted themselves a nearly 11% pay raise for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
This resulted in a pay raise of over $10,000 for Mayor Holly Daines and a pay raise of over $1,500 for themselves.
Daines had previously said she was going to donate her salary to a city project, so she made no comment during council deliberations until council member Tom Jensen asked what the city staff was receiving.
Daines responded that city staff were in line for a 4% aggregate salary increase and another of up to 4% performance-based merit pay.
Jensen then confessed that he didn’t like the optics of voting on an 11% raise when the average city employee only received 8%.
Board member Amy Z. Anderson agreed that she would also be more comfortable voting on an 8% raise.
But Ambrie Darley, the town’s human resources director, said Logan elected officials’ pay was lower than other similar towns because the local council had refused to approve pay raises for themselves for a period of time. decade after the national economic collapse in 2008.
More often than not, board veteran Herm Olsen has led the charge in refusing those pay raises. His appearance was therefore a surprise during the public hearing on resolution 22-19.
Olsen urged the board to approve the salary hike.
“It’s well deserved and justly deserved“, Olsen said. “Just do it.
Council member Mark Anderson also argued in favor of the pay rise.
According to draft resolution 22-19, the mayor’s compensation would increase from $102,452 approved last June to $113,721, plus a car allowance of $6,000.
The same document sets council member compensation at $17,842 plus a car allowance of $300, up from $16,074 approved last year.
Darley explained that over the past year, she participated in a compensation study that the Town of Ogden conducted for its mayor and council members. Participants in this market research included Logan, Murray, St. George, West Jordan and four other cities.
“The average salary for city council members was $22,300,” she explained. “So, with our salaries amounting to $17,842, we are still below average salaries for these cities.
The average salary for mayors in these cities is $116,900, according to Darley. But these towns also have full-time city managers, while Logan relies heavily on the mayor to handle administrative duties.
The average salary for these city managers was $179,300.
“A lot of council members and mayors are driven by public service rather than pay,” Darley acknowledged. “But, at the end of the day, if we’re looking for qualified candidates, we have to increase those salaries in order to be attractive to candidates for those positions.”
In the end, Mark Anderson moved the motion to accept resolution 22-19 and council member Ernesto López seconded it.
The salary increase for the mayor and council members will take effect on July 1.