In case you missed it over the weekend, Tacoma City Manager Eric Anderson got a bit of unwelcome publicity in The Wall Street Journal. In the piece, “Cities Find Cash for Managers’ Raises” Anderson is mentioned as one of several city officials around the nation who’ve received raises during the recession.
From the article:
Handing out raises to civic officials rarely plays well with the public, especially during austere times like these. But dozens of counties, school districts and other entities are doing just that, citing a need to retain experienced people. …
Targeted raises have been granted in such urban areas as San Diego County, such midsize cities as Tacoma, Wash., and such small towns as Papillion, Neb., and Canton, Ga. They have gone to such highly visible officials as city managers—and to staffers at obscure public entities, such as the Colorado Intergovernmental Risk Sharing Agency, which provides insurance to municipal governments.
After refusing a raise the year before, Anderson’s pay went from $200,450 to $235,373 last year, as first reported by The News Tribune.