Pay raise also approved for city manager

When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners voted to raise the pay for commissioners.

Commissioners also approved a pay raise for City Manager Paul Kramer.

Commissioners approved the increase to their compensation with their approval of an ordinance. The vote was 4-1.

The ordinance increases the salary of each commissioner by $100 per month. Each commissioner also will now be paid a $50 per month technology allowance.

The ordinance will take effect next month.

Commissioner Charles Raney voted against the pay increase.

Raney and Commissioner Lisa Weakley are leaving the commission after they were unsuccessful in their recent bids for re-election. Tuesday's meeting likely was their last. Commissioners do not plan to meet again before two new members begin their terms. The pay raise for commissioners was proposed in July by Commissioner Larry Dedeke. At the time, he said the salaries for commissioners had not been increased since 2004.

Last month, commissioners reached a consensus to advance the ordinance for a final vote.

There was no discussion among commissioners about the ordinance Tuesday before the vote was taken.

Prior to the salary increase, most members of the City Commission were paid $400 per month in compensation from the city. The mayor, who is one of the five commissioners, was paid $500 per month.

The pay increase raises the mayor’s salary from $6,000 per year to $7,200 per year. The salary for the other commissioners is being raised from $4,800 per year to $6,000 per year.

Commissioners unanimously approved a 1.5 percent pay increase for Kramer. The pay increase will take effect Dec. 18.

Before the pay increase, Kramer's annual salary was $128,590, according to Lona Lanter, the city's human resources director.

A 1.5 percent raise will increase his annual salary by about $1,928.

Commissioners approved the pay increase for Kramer after meeting behind closed doors in executive session for 10 minutes to discuss an annual performance review of the city manager.

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