Sv Town Manager’S Salary Up For Review

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At $96,000, the Star Valley town manager’s salary ranks on the lower end of the pay scale when compared with statewide wages of other managers.

What, if any raise, Tim Grier will receive this year is up for discussion Tuesday at a town council meeting.

Grier pulls double duty as both Star Valley’s manager and attorney.

In December 2009, Grier received a $21,000 pay increase, going from $75,000 to $96,000 a year.

This was his first raise since he was hired on as town manager in 2008. Before becoming town manager and attorney, he was paid $125 an hour for legal consultation.

Around the state, town manager wages hover in the lower six-figure range.

Payson Town Manager Debra Galbraith earns $125,000 a year; Pinetop-Lakeside’s manager earns $116,000; in Flagstaff, the manager pulls in $168,000; Prescott’s city manager makes $155,000; and the manager of Queen Creek receives $130,000; according to the Cronkite News Service.

However, Payson’s population is 15,300 and Star Valley’s population hovers at 2,300.

Most town manager salaries are based on the size of the town and its budget.

Star Valley has roughly $2.6 million in the bank, $1 million of that is set-aside in a rainy day fund.

Star Valley’s town council will discuss Grier’s employment contract in executive session Tuesday, afterward announcing what changes will occur.

Also at the meeting, the council will discuss a townwide emergency alert system.

For the last few months, Councilor Gary Coon has complied phone lists of residents, trying to set the system up in time for fire season.

In the event of an emergency, an automated dialing system would send a phone message out to participating residents.

Not everyone in the town has signed up for the program.

If you are interested in having your number added, call town hall at (928) 472-7752 and register your phone number, address and name.

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