Vancouver council grants city manager 15 pay raise

first_imgThe Vancouver City Council on Monday praised City Manager Eric Holmes and gave him a 1.5 percent pay increase, equivalent to what all non-represented city employees earned for 2013.The pay increase will be retroactive to Jan. 1, said Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt.“We are extremely pleased with the performance of our city manager,” Leavitt said. Measured by both quantitative and qualitative standards, Holmes was rated an 8.8 out of a possible 10, a half-point improvement from his last evaluation, which was in December 2011. At that time, he was given a 3.5 percent raise.Monday’s raise boosts Holmes’ salary to $169,659, plus benefits.Holmes, the only staff member the city council can set compensation for and hire or fire, was promoted from assistant city manager in October 2010.Councilor Bill Turlay, who was not yet on the council, recalls urging the council to hire Holmes and not spend thousands of dollars on a nationwide search.“I recognized you were a talent in-house,” Turlay said. “I’m extremely proud to have been one of your earliest supporters.” He thanked Holmes for helping him get off to a running start his first year on the council by setting up individual meetings for him with department leaders.last_img read more

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