Full-Service City Manager Salary Comparison

 

 Does Gulfport pay its city manager fairly? At the second city council meeting in June, Ward Three Councilwoman, Jennifer Salmon, suggested that the council review City Manager Jim O’Reilly’s salary.

 “I noticed in recent news articles that local city managers were making more than Jim makes, and yet most of them do not have a full service city, so [Jim] has a bigger job with less pay,” Councilwoman Salmon said. “I recalled that when he was appointed to the office, he did not get as much of an increase (from his Leisure Services job) as he could have and there has been no substantial increase since then, since we have not done merit increases.”

 Councilwoman Salmon said she agrees with the two percent raise for staff, and she suggests that last year’s increase (also two percent) didn’t translate to more money in city staff pocketbooks.

 “I am very glad that the city manager suggested a two percent increase for all employees,” Councilwoman Salmon said. “We did the same last year but most of that was taken up by ending the Bush-era payroll tax cuts. Those tax cuts were always a bad idea because they lowered the contributions to two important pay as you go benefits for retirees: Social Security and Medicare. Regardless, it did not feel like a pay increase and there has been an uptick in the CPI [US Consumer Price Index], so another two percent at least stays up with inflation.”

 Council will have to grant the city clerk and manager a two percent raise separately; the increase for general employees does not cover charter staff.

 Mr. O’Reilly offered city council a copy of the city manager salary and benefits survey. The Gabber culled information from an updated survey to compare Gulfport’s city manager salary package to that of five other full-service cities in Pinellas County.

 The Gabber’s salary report excludes any service that does not offer its citizens a full range of services, which includes a city police department. We also excluded St. Petersburg, as it has a mayoral form of government rather than a city manager-driven system.

 Of note: every city manager except Tarpon Springs receives a retirement package, and every city manager receives 12 sick days a year, except the Clearwater city manager, who receives none. This report calculated all figures on an annual basis.


 

Salary

(1000s)

Car

Vacation

Phone

Severance

/Contract

Other benefits

Gulfport

$110

$4800

1 month

City

1 year

None

Tarpon
Springs

$110

City

1 month

City

3 months

None

Pinellas
Park 

$143

$3600

23 days

$520

3 months

None

Treasure
Island 

$110

$4800

1 month

City

6 months

None

Clearwater

$174

$7200

None

City

6 months

35 days “general leave”

Largo

$146

City

2 weeks

$650

26 weeks

$100 cash allowance


Contact Cathy Salustri at CathySalustri@theGabber.com.


 
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