Mayor, City Council to get pay raises starting in 2015
Wayzata City Council members and the mayor will get pay raises starting in 2015.
On May 20, the council approved raising annual salaries by $1,500, so the mayor will get $6,000 a year and council members $4,500, effective in 2015. Salaries for officials in the city of 4,000 haven’t changed since 1995.
Council Member Tom Tanner opposed the vote, saying that people should want to serve their community and not be concerned about the pay.
Mayor Ken Willcox said he agreed, but the pay is “a mark of how the community values its City Council. To not have changed that for 19 years … it begs some action.”
In Minnetonka, a much larger city of 50,000, leaders recently bumped up council members’ annual pay from $9,000 to $11,000 and the mayor’s salary from $12,000 to $15,000. Those changes won’t take effect until 2016.
KELLY SMITH @kellystrib
County Board’s newest member Greene sworn in
Marion Greene was sworn in Wednesday as the newest Hennepin County Board member during a private ceremony in Minneapolis. There will be a public ceremony in June.
Voters in the Third District, which includes parts of southwest Minneapolis and St. Louis Park, chose Greene in a special election May 13. She fills the seat vacated in March by Gail Dorfman, who left the board to become executive director at St. Stephen’s Human Services.
Greene, of Minneapolis, is a former state representative and health care finance professional who lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Bart Cannon, and two stepdaughters.
PAMELA MILLER @nightnewspam
Despite Legislature’s snub, zoo’s Sparky carries on