Mesa City Manager Chris Brady will receive a 2 percent salary increase if his contract is approved at an upcoming City Council meeting, documents released Friday by the city show.
The increase would push Brady’s salary over $200,000 from about $197,000.
This will be the second year Brady has received a 2 percent bump.
The city manager also will receive an extra $5,000 per year in retirement benefits in a plan determined by Brady himself.
That brings the total retirement benefits to $20,500 per year.
Brady was hired at $187,500 — $20,000 more than the city was paying former city manager Mike Hutchinson.
Brady’s salary goes up every time city employees receive a cost-of-living increase.
Brady came from San Antonio with a record of economic development and is regularly praised by city and Valley leaders.
Six months after he started as city manager, Mesa had to cut more than $10 million from its budget.
The city is facing $12.5 million worth of cuts this year.
Brady’s agreement, made public Friday, is slated to be approved on Monday by the City Council.
Interim City Councilman Darrell Truitt said he has been very impressed during the three months he has worked with Brady.
“He has been responsive to anything I’ve asked for individually and as a council,” he said.
Truitt said the city’s financial situation did not affect Brady’s agreement.
“If people are doing a good job I think you reward them accordingly, whether it’s Chris Brady or any other employee of the city,” Truitt said.
“More budget cuts will be done and we will be looking at different ways to provide services more efficiently and effectively.”