The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

February 20, 2013

Salary for city official may be hiked

By Katie Dahlstrom
Herald Staff Writer

CLINTON — The city of Clinton may need to boost the city administrator salary in order to keep up with trends in comparable Iowa cities, according to a recent review performed by the city’s human resource consultant.

Paul Greufe, the city HR consultant and man leading the city administrator search committee, presented information to council members during a special committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday.

Greufe examined the salaries of 25 city managers and administrators from city’s like Burlington, Iowa City, Mason City and Ottumwa that had similar populations, valuations, expenditures or city employees to Clinton.

The average salary of all the city leaders compiled averaged $136,699, $42,000 higher than the salary offered to previous city administrator Jeff Horne.  

The average salary is also $26,000 higher than the salary built in to the fiscal year 2014 budget.  

City administrators’ experience across the state varied from zero years to 37 years in the profession. Education varied also from a high school diploma to a law degree. The information provided during the meeting did not include benefits packages, which can be cumbersome.  

While no action was required, the information will be valuable to council members as the city administrator search progresses, Greufe said.  

“I don’t know that the council has to make any determination or take any action on this, but it would be something that you keep. And as we move forward with the city administrator recruitment that you’re aware of that and as it gets into a point where we’re discussing salary with that candidate that we have an idea of the market as far as what the rate should be,” Greufe said.

According to Greufe, so far nine applications have been received. The recruitment process for the new city administrator will continue until March 8. By March 26, Greufe will contact the suitable candidates. By that point he would like to have a salary range the council would be willing to consider.

The council will discuss the salary range and benefits package during the Committee of the Whole meeting on March 12.