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Council Members Approve Raises for Employees -- But Not Themselves

Last-minute amendment removes some elected officials from salary hike legislation

 

Many Strongsville employees, including department heads and workers in two unions, will get 2.25 percent pay raises this year.

City Council voted Monday to accept collective bargaining agreements with the Teamsters, which represents the city's Service Department workers and building inspectors.

The three-year deal calls for a 2.5 percent raise next year and a 2.25 percent hike in 2015.

As is customary, council awarded the same increase this year to non-union city employees.

But just before voting on the measure Monday night, council amended the legislation to remove raises for City Council members.

"We're still not out of the woods financially," Council President Mike Daymut said. "We just thought it was the right thing to do."

With funding cuts from the state looming, Daymut said council wanted to focus on making sure the city's employees were compensated first.

The measure, approved 7-0, increases salary ranges for non-union workers 2.25 percent for 2013. 

For employees in the highest pay range, including the mayor, finance director, law director, police chief and fire chief, the salary range is now $83,713 to $138,160.

A few notches down, the range for the recreation director and safety director is now $65,929 to $108,728.

Council members' pay will stay at $18,841 this year instead of increasing to $19,265. As council president, Daymut earns $20,091 a year, and Council President Pro Tem Ken Dooner will receive $19,467. 

The city is still negotiating contracts with unions represting police officers, firefighters and dispatchers.

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lyn January 11, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Wow! Didn't know if you were serious so I went to the county website, and sure enough - they list market value at $630,000. Needs $14,000/year for real estate taxes. Maybe its a different Charles Goss. But, I guess you never know where someone gets there money from. Can't just be from being police chief and this new job they created for him. Could be inherited money or spouses. So, maybe we shouldn't judge.
John Wells January 11, 2013 at 12:33 AM
Lyn: first of all, no, that is the Charles Goss in question. Should a police chief be compensated fairly? And have a nice home? Sure, but this is ridiculous. By the way, I tried to link that info from the county website, but it wouldnt take for some reason. But facts are facts.
John Wells January 11, 2013 at 12:35 AM
Forgot to mention that Mrs. Goss has worked as a crossing guard at A;lbion Middle school for several years. What?????
lyn January 11, 2013 at 12:48 AM
The problems I have with this new position they gave him - Why the need all of a sudden to pay someone the big bucks to do a job that, as I understand it, was just something the mayor did before, overseeing the police and fire departments. They give him this job because they like him and don't want to lose him? Just curious - since he retired as police chief and then took this newly created position, is he collecting a pension now besides getting the salary? Why are we spending money like this if we are having financial problems? Do we just take care of a select few before worrying about the majority of the 45,000 residents? Oh, I can't believe I even asked that! Rhetorical question.
lyn January 11, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Why a city car?

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