County exec could earn up to $147K
April 24, 2009
The new Summit County manager will likely receive an annual salary between $110,000 and $147,000.
On Wednesday, the Summit County Compensation Committee presented the County Council with the recommended pay range. Councilpersons appoint the manager, a powerful position which will oversee the government’s executive branch.
No housing allowance was recommended, but the manager could also receive $20,000 for moving expenses.
Salaries comparable executives receive in 15 cities and counties were examined before the compensation panel made its recommendation.
"We looked at total budgets, populations," compensation committee member Mike Legge said.
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.
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The proposed job description used by the compensation committee compared to descriptions for managers in Teton County, Wyo., Clark County, Nev., Pitkin County, Colo., and Summit County, Colo., according to Legge.
The average base salary for government executives in the 15 entities the panel surveyed averaged about $131,000, a report from the compensation committee states. The panel included: Legge, Robbie Beck, Franci Eisenberg Mike Luers and Jeff Smith.
Board members suggested the county manager earn no less than 15 percent more than the highest paid merit employee in Summit Country, who is David Thomas, the county’s chief civil attorney, who earns $118,798.
The eight other highest paid employees in Summit County include:
— Steve Jenkins, director of the Summit County Health Department; $123,635
— David Brickey, Summit County attorney; $118,798
— Kevin Callahan, Public Works administrator; $111,862
Sargent, Community Development Director, $100,131
— Jami Brackin, deputy civil attorney; $98,134
— Dave Edmunds, sheriff; $97,156
— Derrick Radke, engineer; $96,200
— Brian Bellamy, personnel director; $93,329