Thursday, May 9, 2019

Mayor John Suthers gets a $10,000+ raise

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click to enlarge Suthers: "My raise is this big." Actually, Suthers makes a gesture while discussing the city's 2019 budget on Oct. 1, 2018. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Suthers: "My raise is this big." Actually, Suthers makes a gesture while discussing the city's 2019 budget on Oct. 1, 2018.
Having won a second term on April 2, Mayor John Suthers is due a raise. And it's a healthy one required by City Charter.

Effective April 16, the day Suthers took his oath of office, his annual pay increased to $114,159 from the previous $103,370 a year, which was set in 2015.

Under the strong mayor-Council form of government, the mayor's salary, which began at $96,000 in 2011, must be adjusted every four years and take into account "the most local consumer price index for all urban consumers published by the U.S. Department of Labor," the city says in backup materials for a May 13 City Council work session agenda item.

The city relied on the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood consumer price index to compute the raise of $10,789.

But it would appear Suthers' salary sits well below those of many other mayors.

The Business Journals reported in 2018 on bizjournals.com that mayors in the nation's largest cities knock down a lot more. Some samples:

San Francisco, $301,000

New York City, $258,750

Chicago, $216,000

Denver, $171,197

Miami, $149,999

Here's the formula the city used:

2018 annual CPI-U minus the 2014 annual CPI-U divided by the 2014 annual CPI-U times the mayor's current salary equals the pay raise amount.

Thus:

((261.958 - 237.200) / 237.200) x 103,370 = 10,789.

Council is expected to act on the ordinance on May 14, the same date Council will consider a proposal to give City Auditor Denny Nester a 13.1 percent raise, from $151,920 to $171,797 a year, effective Dec. 30, 2018.

City staff noted in backup materials to the agenda, "The proposed salary is within the range for City Auditor as established by the City's 2019 salary structure for civilian and sworn municipal employees."

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