Genoa Village council recently approved a 4 percent raise for administrator Kevin Gladden.
Gladden, who serves a dual role as administrator as well as public works director, now makes $62,400 annually, according to January’s council minutes. He also received a bump to the $2,000 longevity bonus level, Fiscal Officer Charles Brinkman said.
“Basically, they put him at the top of the ladder,” Brinkman said about the longevity bonus. “Any employee who has worked here for more than 20 years is at the level.”
Gladden became administrator a year ago this February after a bitter year of turmoil for the western Ottawa County village. That year ended in the surprise resignations of the previous Administrator Garth Reynolds and former Police Chief Randy Hill.
Council tapped Gladden for the job temporarily then eventually selected him as the new administrator.
Gladden, in an interview Friday, said as a longtime employee of the village he was careful not to follow in the missteps of some previous administrators.
He did not ask for a raise after his three-month probation in early 2010, although some village leaders had suggested a pay hike at the time. He pays his share of the employee health benefits package and his bonuses are not tax-free. And he is not under contract for service to the village and, therefore, has no lump sum payment built-in should he and the village ever part ways.
“That’s the thing. I think 4 percent was an appropriate amount,” Gladden said. “I think everything was fair. Fair for me and fair for the village.”
Village council begins its first review of the final 2012 budget on Monday night. The temporary budget of $8.3 million was approved in December, including a $1.3 million general fund budget to cover daily operations.
By law, the council must pass the final budget by March 31.
During this time, council members will also be reviewing the upcoming pay raises for the rest of the village staff.
“We have 3 percent built into the budget but they still have to review it,” Gladden said.
In recent years, the village has divided the raise structure into two parts. Gladden explained, “We will likely give a 1.5 percent raise at the beginning of the year. That typically comes in April. And then we’ll look at the other half at the end of the year.”
The result is a win-win for village and employees, he said. Employees get raises at the beginning of the year. But it also gives the village some leeway in the budget at the end of the year should the municipal finances take an unexpected hit during the year.