No raises for London’s elected officials


(Posted Jan. 12, 2017)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Messenger Editor

In a 1-6 vote, London city council defeated a proposal to give the city’s elected officials a wage increase.

Council member Dick Minner sponsored the legislation and cast the lone vote in its favor. Had it passed, the city would have granted a one-time 3 percent wage increase to all elected officials starting Jan. 1, 2020.

The last time council approved an increase for elected officials was eight years ago.

Council member Trint Hatt said, “There is a time and place for it, but not now.”

Council member Brenda Russell said she liked the idea of a raise for some elected positions but not all. She said she personally would not expect a raise as a council member.

In other action, council approved Mayor Patrick Closser’s appointments to various committees and boards:

  • Board of Public Utilities—Bill Beathard;
  • Historic Review Board—Joe Mullins and Rob Treynor;
  • Parks and Recreation Commission—Craig Jackson;
  • Civil Service Commission—Joshua Clifton and Tom Arrington;
  • Tree Commission—John Stahl and Andy Hitt;
  • Metropolitan Housing—Angela Eden;
  • City Properties Committee— Bill Long and Rodney Lauer.

The next regular meeting of London city council is at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in council chambers, 6 E. Second St. The finance committee will meet in council chambers at 6 p.m. Jan. 16. The safety services committee will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at the London Police Department.


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