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City administrators give up salary increases

Salary increases given earlier this year to four City administrators are being voluntarily rolled back. The director and the deputy director of the Human Resources Department, the director of the City Planning and Development Department, and the City Attorney agreed to roll back the increases upon the suggestion of City Manager Wayne Cauthen.

Cauthen suggested the administrators give up the raises because a salary freeze for department directors, assistant city managers, deputy department directors, principal assistants to directors and others reporting directly to the City Manager was in effect when the raises were given in February and March. Cauthen took over as City Manager on April 10. The salary freeze was implemented in September of 2002 for the balance of the fiscal year ending April 30, 2003.

“Because the raises were given to these four people during the salary freeze, I felt they should be rolled back considering the City’s current budget situation,” said Cauthen. “These staff members are a highly professional group of administrators and my request in no way reflects on their job performances,” added Cauthen.

The raises, which averaged about 11 percent, were not in conjunction with promotions or changes in job responsibilities.

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