We do live in interesting times here on the east
coast of Iowa. During his talk show, Jim Fisher
mentioned the contract for our city administrator.
Then, during the local 6 o’clock news we heard
around 100 people showed up at a zoning meeting
to voice their displeasure at the location of the
proposed new Casino. It sounded like the NIMBY
crowd on steroids.
We hope this project doesn’t go the way of the
proposed college stadium.
Tonight at the Committee of the Whole meeting
should come a vote on new salary contract for our
city administrator. The current one runs out in
January of 2015.
After looking at the proposal we are left with
more questions than answers. In the proposed
agreement the administrator would receive an
additional $23,699 more than his current salary
The agreement states that the new salary would
still be less than that of the city managers
of Dubuque and Cedar Rapids. So how does a city
managers job differ from a city administrator?
Why the car allowance along with the increase?
Is it true the city will pay all lawyer fees
and damages in the administrators behalf should
the need arise?
The base pay would total $229,656 per year. That
seems like a lot to pay someone who is always
referring to himself as ‘just the hired help’.
We also wondered about the reference to Cedar
Rapids. It is close in size to Davenport with about
20,000 more residents, but if we remember right it
has a different form of government.
Cedar Rapids went to a Council-Manager form of
government where the full-time city manager carries
out administrative operations, prepares the budget,
and hires and fires personnel. The mayor and
council set policy, approve the budget, and set the
tax rate. BUT, while the mayor is the political
leader of the city he cannot veto legislative
actions of the council. Are we comparing apples to
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