City Manager Robert Layton will get a 2.5 percent pay increase to $213,000, the Wichita City Council decided Tuesday.
Layton has served as city manager since February 2009. and his salary before the increase was $207,866.62, according to city documents. He also will receive an additional $500 per year for car expenses, bringing his total car allowance to $5,500 annually.
The increase will be retroactive to Jan. 1.
“Overall, the City Council is very pleased with the city manager’s performance,” said council member Janet Miller, who headed the council’s evaluation committee.
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Even with the raise, Layton’s new salary is below the $228,000 average for managers in cities with a population between 250,000 to 499,999. That’s according to a 2014 survey by the International City/County Management Association that included responses from 17 local governments.
The increase is based on an annual merit and salary review by the seven-member City Council, which oversees Layton and city staff.
As part of the evaluation process, Layton met with each council member to discuss his performance. The council also met collectively with and without him in executive session to determine whether he would receive the increase, Miller said.
“I know this process was rigorous, pretty uncomfortable at times for you – and us as well. I appreciate your willingness to hear seven bosses beat you up,” joked council member James Clendenin.
“I just want to thank the council for your input, and I’d like to think we’re a stronger team because of this process,” Layton told the council.
Layton also receives $50 a month for his cellphone and full health insurance premiums paid by the city.