Oregon City Administrator Mike Beazley, who was hired in 2010, is content with his current salary and turned down a 2.5 percent raise offered by Mayor Mike Seferian.
“Tonight, I had anticipated walking out an ordinance. It didn’t turn out too well,” Seferian said at a council meeting last week.
“Everyone in the city had received a 2.5 percent payroll raise over this past year, except one person – and that was Mike Beazley,” said Seferian.
That’s not the first time Beazley turned down a higher salary, said Seferian.
After Seferian was elected mayor in 2008, he spent some time looking for a new administrator. He liked Beazley, even though he had not submitted a resume. Seferian tried to lure Beazley, who was administrator of Lucas County, to the city.
“I was thinking about paying him $135,000 at the time,” recalled Seferian. “After some other negotiations and different conversations we had, he said he would take the job, but he wouldn’t take the $135,000. He would take $120,000. So that’s how we started out.”
Beazley had also rejected a $5,000 vehicle allowance that was included in the contract of the previous administrator.
Seferian said his goal is for Beazley to say at the end of his career that the administrator’s position in Oregon was the “most rewarding” job he’s ever had.
“Coming forward with the raise tonight I thought was not only the right thing to do, but no individual was more deserving of it until he said, `I’m happy with what I’ve got and I won’t take the raise anyway.’ I want to thank him for his service, and I hope he has enjoyed his time here.”
“I would like to thank Mike Beazley,” said Councilman Jerry Peach. “The promise that he brought has been more than realized. I think the community is very appreciative, as am I.”
Councilman Sandy Bihn agreed.
“Thanks for the work that you do. I think it’s terrific,” she said.
“I want to say I’ve had a good time here, I get paid plenty, I enjoy the work,” said Beazley, “and I enjoy working with all of you.”