As Henderson makes up nonsense about what printer gets to print Troy Today (oh, the people who want the city to run like a business, now want it to run like a municipal welfare agency -- huh?), Troy is in deep, deep trouble.
April 18, 2012
Top city staffers’ wages less than other cities
By Terry Oparka
C & G Staff Writer
The top spot in Troy may be a tough sell, salary-wise, based on a report from the city’s Human Resources Department that states top management salaries in the city are 7 percent below average.
According to the city’s website, Troy City Manager John Szerlag’s total compensation and benefits are $159,917 a year, not including a pension he earned from his earlier tenure with the city.
His new salary as city manager in Cape Coral, Fla., is reportedly $160,000, with a moving allowance, an 18-month housing allowance, a monthly car allowance and $6,000 yearly for medical expenses.
Troy Human Resources Director Peggy Sears presented a report to the City Council at its April 2 meeting that compared how pay and benefits for Troy city employees stack up to other communities.
Sears said Troy salaries and benefits compared very well with other communities and were in many cases lower.
Salaries of Troy’s upper-management staff are 7 percent lower than in comparable communities, Sears said.
Salaries were compared with cities that have populations between 60,000 and 125,000 people.
Salaries in 30 job classifications were found to be comparable.
Sears noted that the International City Management Association organizational restructuring study — presented to the council in February 2011 and showing that Troy city employees were not overpaid when compared with similar cities — was completed before nonunion employees had agreed to more than 10 percent wage concessions that included furlough days, a 1.9 percent reduction in wages, increased contributions to health insurance and reductions in health care benefits.