Wednesday, May 18, 2016

WDT: City manager, councilwoman debate $17,000 pay raise

    Sounds like  spat last night, but this kind of change surely had been discussed prior to making a proposed budget public. In the end, the HR person will be making the same as a firefighter or a patrolman.
   Still, it sounds like it got heated, the latest chapter in a budget review that goes on and on. Councilwoman Macaluso says it wasn't that heated.
Watertown Daily Times | City manager, councilwoman debate $17,000 pay raise

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just like inclusion of health insurance coverage for people is surely discussed ahead of time.

Anonymous said...

So does this mean that when Mr. Roy gets named HRM Ms. Addisosn then hires a new advisor/assistant? Sticking the taxpayer with another 45,000 grand?

Anonymous said...

It was heated.

Anonymous said...

Can we count Ms. Macaluso as a yes vote in ousting the city manager?
Who ready to 2nd & 3rd that notion?

Anonymous said...

Looks like an 11k raise to me. And I think the average fire/police man man makes closer to 69k.
The real discussion here should be, why are labor laws so complex that you need someone of this caliber to manage your employees?

Anonymous said...

4:10, touche! Glass houses and all.

Anonymous said...

I can't see where it should be considered a raise, as it is an entirely different job/title he would be performing. If his title remained the same and he got 17 grand more, than yes, that's a raise. But that is not the case in this instance.

Anonymous said...

Hey 7:00 they never had this position before, but every dept. does things differently, Take P&R for example..

Anonymous said...

Do all city employees get to go to the Kenny Rogers concert for free? or just the ones on the queen of parks short list? Heard her private suite is going to be the place to be.

Anonymous said...

Steve Jennings has gotten too big for his britches. A public health person calling for limiting emergency services? You can't even make it up. The more he talks the more he is talking himself out of a council seat.

Anonymous said...

Hey 123 you must remember the Hip concert? Todd Demar was the MC that night, there was so many P&R employees, and also the Electric Dept. had their employees there also, A truck was stolen, smashed. all for the DPAO........

Anonymous said...

Not a resident but it is an 11 grand raise to a NEW position NOT a promtion within title and furthermore 62 K for a chief HR officer in today's world is very reasonable . Have hired many professionals in my career in both the private and public sectors and have no dog in this squabble .

You GET what you PAY for . You want to cheap it out, well. GOOD LUCK And watch the problems exacerbate and the resultant tax hits and legal fees rise.

Anonymous said...

9:52 Paying 62K for an HR person guarantees nothing.
The best HR person in the world isn't going to see through a deceitful applicant who turns out to be a less than desireable employee. Although it could be argued that it shouldn't have taken 20/20 vision to foresee that a certain former fire captain was going to be nettlesome.

But anyway, once there is an employee on the payroll and they turn out to be completely lazy, incompetent or unqualified, thanks to unions and liberal arbitrators just about an act of congress or God is needed to rid the city of them.

Anonymous said...

So with these fire captain demotions, does that mean Mr. DeMar will be sent back to codes and save the city all that training for the new guy?

Anonymous said...

Well 1:23 the Queen of parks can do no wrong. She was hand pick by the city manager for the fairly new position of Parks Czar. So she must be very well qualified, right? Oh, well except when it comes to selling advertising space at the arena. And with all that money going into the arena why no upgrade for the pool there? It wouldn't have taken much to spiff that up a little. just sayin

Anonymous said...

3:19 PM, it's apparent you have no idea what an HR manager does. It's not about know who to hire.
If the city is sued for sexual harassment, they better hope they have policies and a training program in place. Same goes for other discrimination. And if the city is accused of insider deals, they better have ethics training. What about employees who require uniforms, you know who is supposed to be paying to clean them? Did your hiring manager fill out the right paperwork when the felon contested not getting hired?

Anonymous said...

Your city manager is unbelievable. Apparently she wants to "take care" of her close workers while dissing other city departments.

If this is a new position, why wasn't it advertised as an opening and interested candidates interviews for qualifications? Who is to say her "appointee" has the qualifications to be this Human Resource person? Oh ... I forgot ... you hired a city manager who was only a technical advisor before ... no business management degree ... quoted from May 26, 2012 - "Although she was not dealing with city councils, city budgets, or community needs in her previous post, officials say Addison brings valuable assets to her new position."

Just because a similar city pays X amount for a certain position it does not mean Watertown has to do the same for a newly created position given to a co-worker who we don't even know is qualified to be given that title. It's just shuffling titles so she can give raises.

For once, I agree with Councilwoman Macaluso. That wage increase is unwarranted. But obviously ... city manager wants to take care of her own raise and those around her.

Anonymous said...

Aren't the department heads handling the human resource duty in their departments now? If we hire someone to do some of their duties I guess they will need to get a pay cut for doing less now?