Metropolitan Utilities District President Doug Clark is getting a raise, effective Jan. 1, for the first time since he took the position in January 2011.
The district's board voted unanimously Monday to give Clark a 5 percent raise on his $206,356 salary. That amounts to an approximately $10,317 increase.
Meanwhile, after two years without regular pay increases, other employees will see a 2 percent cost of living raise and adjust salaries for missed “step” pay increases.
Some board members said Clark's salary was relatively low for executives in comparable positions, and that his work merited a raise. Others, however, said they were concerned about spending more money at a time when budgets are tight.
“I struggle with a 5 percent raise in this market,” board member Steve Patterson said. “I think it's an awful big number at this point in time, with all the challenges we're facing.”
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