The Oak Ridge City Council on Monday will consider a 10 percent salary increase for City Manager Mark Watson.
If council approves, Watson would earn a new annual base salary of $150,321.60, effective Aug. 8, 2013. He started in Oak Ridge about three years ago at an annual salary of $131,996.80.
The pay raise has been unanimously recommended by a three-member City Manager Evaluation Committee. It would require that Watson’s employment agreement be amended.
The recommended increase is based on council member’s evaluations of Watson and his performance during the previous year, said Charles J. “Chuck” Hope Jr., chair of the City Manager Evaluation Committee.
“The committee recommends its adoption as a measure of compensation for the city manager’s excellent performance as indicated by the evaluations completed by the council members,” Hope said in an Aug. 22 memo that is included in the City Council agenda for Monday’s meeting.
The agenda packet includes information about city manager salaries in other U.S. Department of Energy “sister cities.” The city manager in Paducah, Ky., earns $142,209.60, the one in Los Alamos County, N.M., makes $169,671.90, and another in Richland, Wash., is paid $153,421, the packet said.
Another attachment shows other city managers in Tennessee in cities with populations between 15,000 and 100,000 last year earned salaries that ranged from a minimum of $74,785 (Tullahoma) to a maximum of $163,856 (Murfreesboro).
Also Monday, the Oak Ridge City Council will consider the $13 million tax increment financing, or TIF, agreement that could be used to help redevelop the Oak Ridge Mall. The proposal has already been endorsed in 8-0 and 7-0 votes by the Oak Ridge Industrial Development Board and Anderson County Operations Committee.
Monday’s meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Oak Ridge Municipal Building Courtroom. See the agenda here.
More information will be added as it becomes available.