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Scottsdale city manager’s raise up in the air

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Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2004 9:53 am | Updated: 5:03 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Two of Scottsdale’s City Councilmen-elect said they approve of City Manager Jan Dolan’s proposed salary increase, but other recommended changes by the sitting council should be left to the new panel.

The council is scheduled to consider an 8.7 percent increase for Dolan’s total compensation tonight, which marks the council’s last meeting. Four new council members take office June 8.

"Why is it coming the very meeting before we take office? That is of some concern," said Councilman-elect Jim Lane.

"I would have liked to have the opportunity to review it and have voted on it, given we’re going to be basically budgeting and living with that," he said.

If approved, Dolan’s annual base salary would jump from $153,941 to $162,000. Her total compensation, however, would jump from $177,135 to $192,480.

Among the Valley’s eight largest cities, Dolan’s salary ranked ahead of only the Gilbert town manager’s, according to a Scottsdale human resources survey.

With the changes, Dolan would rank fourth in salary and third in total compensation.

Dolan’s last increase came in summer 2001.

Her compensation proposal includes:

• A boost in her public retirement benefits from 10 percent to 14 percent on her base salary starting July 1.

• Nine months of compensation instead of six, plus benefits, if she is fired.

• She could be fired only with 30 days’ written notice. Currently, notice is not required.

• The city could only fire Dolan within 90 business days after any council election. There is no waiting period now.

• The city must pay for professional dues and magazine/newspaper subscriptions.

• Dolan would be allowed up to two hours off per day up to a maximum five hours per week, plus lunch time, during business hours. The "executive compensatory time" is because as city manager Dolan must "devote a great deal of her time outside normal office hours to the business of the city," the proposal states. "Making laws which make it more difficult and expensive to change management is not good policy or business," said Councilmanelect Ron McCullagh.

Council members-elect Betty Drake and Kevin Osterman could not be reached for comment.

Mayor Mary Manross and Vice Mayor Wayne Ecton said they back the whole proposal.

Councilman Bob Littlefield said he only supports a pay raise after talking to some council members-elect.

"Some of the folks who are yet to be inaugurated are not happy with this, and I don’t think that necessarily means they want to get rid of Jan. What it means is they don’t want us to limit their discretion," Littlefield said.

City Council meeting

When: 5 p.m. today

Where: City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

Watch: CityCable Channel 11 will televise the session live.

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