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Reavey: Las Cruces Council Must Reject Excessive Pay For New City Manager

Aug 16, 2020

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Commentary: Dear Mayor and Council,

I'm writing to express my opposition to 8.17.20 Agenda Item 9.2 regarding an employment agreement for Ifo Pili because the proposed pay is excessive and unwarranted and lacks any precedent, will cause city utilities, taxes, and fees to go up to pay for it, and will be bad for City employee morale.  

 

There is no basis to pay such a high amount ($216,000/year) in such a small organization and thus it's excessive and unwarranted.

 

The proposed pay would be dramatically more than the pay for the City Manager of Santa Fe a comparable-sized City and organization, the Dona Ana County Manager, or the Governor of New Mexico and thus lacks any precedent. 

The proposed pay will cause our city utilities, taxes, and fees to go up unnecessarily.  For example, as you know, City administrative overhead is charged to the enterprise funds that deliver our utilities.  Finally, it has been well documented that excessive executive salaries in organizations with low salary schedules are negative for employee morale and thus this proposed pay will be bad for City employee morale.  Please deny Agenda Item 9.2 regarding an employment agreement for Ifo Pili because the proposed pay is excessive and unwarranted and lacks any precedent, will cause city utilities taxes and fees to go up to pay for it, and will be bad for City employee morale.   

Thanks for your thoughtful consideration of this matter.

Regards,

Mr. Tom Reavey Jr, MBA

Las Cruces