The Kennewick City Council has adjusted City Manager Marie Mosley’s salary so it is more in line with what Pasco and Richland city managers make.
The council unanimously approved a 5 percent merit raise to Mosley’s salary Tuesday.
That will raise Mosley’s annual salary by about $8,000 to about $167,100 for next year. Her salary this year was $159,100.
The 5 percent was out of a total 6 percent maximum that the city council attached to completion of Mosley’s goals for this year. Mosley sets her goals, but they are added to and approved by the city council.
Mayor Pro Tem Don Britain thanked Mosley for her hard work. He said she did an excellent job for the city this year.
Councilman John Trumbo, who was not present at the council meeting, sent a letter to the other council members opposing Mosley’s raise. He argued that based on expected growth of city revenues, Mosley’s raise should be between 2 to 4 percent and that an up to 6 percent pay increase was not sustainable.
Kennewick Mayor Steve Young said Mosley’s raise is higher than what he expects to see again. That’s because the council decided to attach a higher value to her goals for this year to bring her pay more in line with what the rest of the Tri-Cities pays city managers.
The increase will make Mosley’s pay more competitive, he said. Mosley does not receive bonuses like the city managers of Pasco and Richland do.
Kennewick moved to a city-wide merit pay increase system for non-union employees in 2011, instead of cost of living or step increases. Employees should earn any pay raises, Young said.
Young and Britain are working on finalizing Mosley’s list of proposed goals for next year. Young said that would come before the council for consideration in January. The council also will decide on the percentage pay raise to attach to completion of those goals.
• Vince Beasley was sworn in as Kennewick’s new fire chief by Young. He was promoted Dec. 1 and previously had served as a battalion chief for 11 years.
“It’s an honor to see one of our own rise up through the ranks to the highest level in the fire department,” Young said. “And that is indicative of the pride our work force has in our city.”
Beasley started as a firefighter with the department 32 years ago, and became a firefighter/paramedic after putting himself through medic school. He later was promoted to lieutenant/captain, and then battalion chief.
Chief Neil Hines is now the operations chief and project manager for the department. The city decided to transition to dual chiefs after two deputy chiefs retired. The deputy chief positions are not being filled.