Letter: Pay is not equal to Mesa mayor's job - East Valley Tribune: Opinion

Letter: Pay is not equal to Mesa mayor's job

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Posted: Thursday, February 2, 2012 1:12 pm

I hope Tribune readers have noticed the numerous articles and news items of late that concern our Mayor Scott Smith. He has to be the hardest working mayor of all time. He has done more for the City of Mesa than any previous mayor on record and admits to working 80 hours weekly which I can readily believe is a modest estimate. Now, consider the following facts:

Mesa is the 38th largest city in the United States. Larger than Atlanta, St. Louis, and Miami to name just a few. The charter for the city of Mesa designates the office of mayor to be a part-time position with an annual salary of only $37,000. This fact entered in to Mayor Smith's concerns for seeking reelection. This has to be changed but would require an amendment to the city charter.

I believe this is necessary. Compare for instance, the previous three cities mentioned that are smaller than Mesa but demand mayoral salaries ranging from $131,000 in St. Louis to $260,000 in Miami. Consider, also, the dedication and accomplishments of our mayor for the past three years and you would have to agree that there is a tremendous injustice and imbalance here.

If we are to keep people like Scott Smith working for the common good here in Mesa, the charter must be changed to designate the office of Mayor to be a full time position with a salary commensurate with the size, scope and demands of the city.

Ed Jones


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