County Council decides on manager salary |

County Council decides on manager salary

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

The Summit County Council suggested Wednesday the new county manager receive an annual base salary of between $110,000 and $147,000.

The manager can also receive up to $20,000 for moving expenses, but the position should not include a monthly housing allowance, Summit County Councilman Chris Robinson said.

"With various options on the East and West Side of the county, there ought to be a place they can find with this pay range," Robinson said at a meeting Wednesday in Coalville.

According to Summit County Councilwoman Claudia McMullin, "I think we should specifically say no housing allowance."

However, guaranteed severance pay is a must for attracting bright candidates, Robinson said.

"A bonus, I think we need to leave as a negotiated point," Robinson added. "It’s on the table for discussion."

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The county will fund travel expenses for the manager for two visits to Utah to look for housing and research schools if necessary.

Compensation for the manager, a powerful position that will oversee the executive branch of county government, was compared to similar positions in Teton County, Wyo., Clark County, Nev., Pitkin County, Colo., and Summit County, Colo.

Summit County’s budget of roughly $45 million compares with government budgets in Jackson, Wyo., Steamboat, Colo., Vail, Colo., Breckenridge, Colo., and Blaine County, Idaho.

Tourism dominates the economy in the other counties, as it does in Summit County.

The base salary for government executives in the 15 comparable entities averaged $131,000, according to a report from a committee appointed to recommend a compensation package for the county manager.

The panel suggested the county manager earn no less than 15 percent more than the highest paid merit employee in Summit County, who is David Thomas, the county’s chief civil attorney, who earns $118,798.