The Scottsdale City Council is divided over a proposal to give raises to City Manager Jan Dolan and three other top city officials, but members questioning the raises are mum on who should not receive the pay boost.
The council is scheduled to vote today whether to give Dolan an 8 percent raise, which would increase her base salary nearly $15,000 a year from $167,670 to $181,083, while increasing her retirement compensation by close to $2,000 a year.
City Attorney Deborah Robberson’s proposed raise of 5 percent would bring her salary to $157,500, City Auditor Cheryl Dreska is up for an 8 percent raise that would increase her salary to $111,758, while City Clerk Carolyn Jagger’s raise is a proposed 10 percent increase that would bring her salary to $101,244.
Councilwoman Betty Drake, who supports the raises, said the goal was to bring the offi - cials more in line with their colleagues in other cities.
“Scottsdale is not an easy environment to work in and they deserve to be paid at level commensurate with experience and ability,” Drake said.
Councilmen Bob Littlefi eld and Tony Nelssen said they support some of the raises but not all, but would not be more specific. Councilman Jim Lane said he wants a public discussion, but would not say whether he supports the raises.
The three have criticized the employee review process that has not produced any written documentation on the officials’ performance that could be shared with the public.
“I’m still upset we did the whole thing in secret,” Littlefield said.
The council gave each official an oral review during a closed session. No written job performance reviews were produced.
Each official, however, did produce a self-evaluation that was distributed to the council prior to their reviews.
The Tribune made a records request with Scottsdale in December to obtain the self-evaluations of the four officials. After consulting with an outside attorney, Scottsdale denied the request, saying the ability for the officials to be candid in their self reviews outweighed the public’s right to inspection.
On Friday, Dan Barr, the Tribune’s attorney with the law firm Perkins, Coie, Brown & Bain, faxed a letter to Scottsdale, demanding Dolan’s selfevaluation. As Scottsdale’s highest-ranking official, who also doubles as the city treasurer, Dolan affords little, if any, privacy when it comes to her self-critique and its availability for the public to review it, Barr wrote.
In 2004, a judge ruled on the side of the Tribune in a case involving Scottsdale’s protracted refusal to turn over performance evaluations of a former police officer involved in an alcohol-related hit-andrun crash that maimed a fellow law-enforcement officer.
“Given the Tribune’s previous litigation with the City of Scottsdale over access to the performance review of one of its police officers, I am surprised that the City would take the position that the selfevaluation of its City Manager and Treasurer should not be released to the public,” Barr wrote.
Dolan’s proposed 8 percent raise would increase her deferred compensation amount to $25,351 per year. There are no other proposed changes to Dolan’s compensation package, which also includes a nine-month severance agreement if she is terminated by the council and a $650 a month car allowance.
Dolan, who was hired by the council in 2000, last received a raise in July 2005.
The other officials are receiving a base salary raise without other major changes to their total compensation package. Dreska’s and Jagger’s contracts will now allow for an annual executive physical, a benefit already received by Dolan and Robberson.
Robberson was appointed city attorney in November 2005. In addition to her salary, Robberson will earn $15,750 per year in deferred compensation (assuming approval of the raise), a $450 a month car allowance, 200 hours of vacation and a severance package of six month’s total compensation in the event she is terminated. Dreska, who has been the city auditor since August 1993, earns $2,235 in deferred compensation a year and a $300 a month car allowance. If Jagger receives her raise, she will receive $10,124 in deferred compensation per year. Jagger was appointed city clerk in September 2003.
A comparison of city manager compensation packages
Base salary: $181,083 (pending approval of 8 percent raise) Deferred compensation: $25,351 per year (pending approval of 8 percent raise) Car allowance: $650 month Vacation: 150 hours of vacation annually; 2 hours executive leave a day, maximum 5 hours a week Severance: 9 months compensation and benefits; 30-day notice required prior to termination
Base salary: $169,811 Deferred compensation: $16,981 per year Car allowance: $550 per month Vacation: Same vacation as department heads; credited with 480 hours of sick leave Severance: 9 months compensation and benefits; 60-day notice prior to termination
Base salary: $187,500 Deferred compensation: $15,000 per year Car allowance: $600 month Vacation: 240 hours of vacation annually; 19 hours of personal leave Communication allowance: $80 per month ($960 per year) Severance: 6 months compensation