Star Valley’s town manager, who also doubles as the town attorney, has received a pay raise after all — a 20-percent jump to $115,000 annually.
Back in April, the council agreed to bring Grier on full-time, but did not decide on a salary. The town clerk, business manager and building official make substantially less than Grier.
Grier missed the Aug. 16 meeting to attend his daughter’s wedding in Oregon.
Grier initially signed on as town manager in January 2009, with a base salary of $75,000. Before that, he was under contractor for $125 an hour as the attorney.
As his workload grew, Grier said so did his hours. His original, contracted 30-hour weeks grew to 60 hours.
Under his new, year-long employment contract, Grier has no set work schedule.
His contract includes paid health insurance, a cell phone and computer furnished by the town, vehicle mileage compensation and six months’ severance.
Grier will now make just $10,000 less than Payson Town Manager Debra Galbraith. Grier’s salary covers his work as town attorney. Over in Payson, town attorney Tim Wright earns $113,950.
Grier pointed out most town managers don’t have a law degree and the town saves money by consolidating two positions into one.
Grier’s duties as manager/attorney include day-to-day management at town hall, overall administration of town goals and policies, budget management, economic development, community affairs and legal consultation.
Around the state, Prescott’s town manager makes just over $154,000; Phoenix’s town manager, David Cavazos, $236,997; Flagstaff’s manager, $167,960; and Yuma’s manager, $126,691; according to the Cronkite News Service. The Globe town manager/attorney makes $125,000. Globe has 7,500 residents, more than three times as many as Star Valley.
Star Valley currently has $2.9 million in reserve, mostly from photo enforcement revenue and state shared revenues.
“It is a product of saving,” Grier said of the large reserve. “It is looking at how to run the town more efficiently and still provide services.”
In the last two years, the town has used some of its revenue to pave and shore up town roads and now it is in talks to buy the Payson Water Company in Star Valley.