By Nolan Madden
Key city and town employees still onboard throughout central Navajo County could be considered a dedicated bunch, based on the latest data showing that their salaries held steady without an increase for 2014-15.
The update comes courtesy of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns’ 2015 Local Government Salary & Benefit Survey.
The review outlines the salary schedules for supervisory, administrative and selected benchmark positions statewide as of Oct. 1, 2014, covering the key positions of mayor, council member, manager, clerk, police and fire chiefs, and finance director.
Only annual wage and salary figures are included in the survey; benefits and stipends are not noted, and additional duties that may have been added to a position, or a change in personnel within a position, such as the hiring of a person with more or less experience, are not factored in. Only pay rates for applicable positions are tallied.
The central county municipalities of Winslow, Holbrook, Snowflake and Taylor participated in the survey. The salaries, by city or town, included:
* Winslow: mayor, $4,800; council, $2,400; manager, $120,000; clerk, $59,536; police chief, $102,496; fire chief, $72,539; and finance director, $75,000.
* Holbrook: mayor, $2,400; council, $1,200; manager, $91,000; clerk, $61,706; police chief, $69,000; and finance director, $92,892.
* Snowflake: mayor, $4,800; council, $2,400; manager, $109,807; clerk, $56,738; police chief, $85,704; fire chief, $61,387; and finance director, $71,371.
* Taylor: mayor, $4,800; council, $2,400; manager, $78,000; clerk, $45,000; and fire chief, $68,639.
Salary figures were also compiled for the municipalities’ street superintendent, water superintendent and community development director roles. The results included:
* Winslow: street superintendent, $42,136; water superintendent, $67,630; and community development director, $67,360.
* Holbrook: street superintendent, $51,083; water superintendent, $48,329; and community development director, $34,000.
* Snowflake: street superintendent, $35,321; and water superintendent, $47,629.
Only the Town of Taylor reported a total salary scale and pay increase for 2013-14, at the rate of two percent.
By comparison (or consolation), the state’s human resources administrator, Department of Administration acting director Kevin Donnellan, advised Gov. Doug Ducey, State Senate President Andy Biggs and House Speaker David Gowan in his September 2015 annual recommendation report that this year state employee salaries are estimated to be 18.9 percent off market salaries, that the cost to bring state pay rates up to the prevailing job market would be approximately $171 million and that even funding a 2.5 percent increase to retain the state’s current salary level in comparison to market would require $38.1 million.
By Nolan Madden