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Beecher gets pay raise from Council

KINGMAN – City Council rewarded City Manager Paul Beecher for his first year of directing day-to-day operations with a 15-percent raise on Monday.

His salary increases from $130,000 to $149,148, bringing him into the 50th percentile of managers of similar-sized regional cities. In 2004, Council began improving employees’ salaries to be competitive with the fair market value. Beecher’s raise completes the process.

Council hired Beecher in February 2005, and Human Resource Director Jackie Walker said the increase would be retroactive to February 2006.

Walker presented a list of 17 regional cities to Council as a comparison. According to the list, the Bullhead City manager earns an annual salary of $150,000; Lake Havasu City’s manager earns $144,996, while the remaining cities range from $114,000 for Cedar City, Utah, to $197,934 for the Henderson, Nev., manager.

Walker said four of six potential candidates for the city attorney position are scheduled for interviews today. Current attorney Bob Taylor leaves April 23 to work in the Mohave County Attorney’s Office’s civil division.

The interview committee could recommend any of the potential candidates to the Council for further interviews.

“Hopefully, we’ll have a few good candidates,” Walker said.