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Sycamore council OKs city clerk salary increase

SYCAMORE – The Sycamore City Council voted unanimously Monday to gradually increase the city clerk’s salary over the next four-year term.

The city clerk’s salary will stay at $60,405 a year in fiscal 2018, and 2.5 percent yearly increases will be implemented for the last three years of the term.

City Clerk Candy Smith has been in the post for almost 16 years. The next term begins May 1, 2017.

Mayor Ken Mundy said the city clerk’s salary last was reviewed eight years ago, with final adjustments ending in 2011.

“By state law, we have to approve the salaries which will be in effect for the next four years for the elected, four-year terms,” he said. “It’s only extended for that time.”

Mundy said city clerk is considered a management position because that person has total responsibility for keeping records, permits and general information for the city.

“The city clerk’s office is our front door to the city government and is the reference and resource office for nearly everyone who comes to City Hall,” Mundy said. “That office is front and center, and that office gets all the questions and referrals.”

The 2.5 percent yearly increases are being distributed in a way that is typical for those with management positions, Mundy said.

“We think it’s a fair, comparable salary,” Mundy said. “The fact that it would be adjusted the second, third and fourth year of the term we find is appropriate.”

City Manager Brian Gregory said the council members discussed salary adjustments for elected officials during two previous meetings, and they decided to keep council members’ salaries at $4,800 a year and the mayor’s salary at $20,000 a year plus $5,000 a year for liquor commissioner.

He said they decided to increase the city clerk’s salary based on a comparative study of other communities.

“Some communities have full-time positions that are there every day, attend meetings outside of work hours, and others utilize administrative staff and might have a part-time city clerk,” he said. “But the way that Sycamore has always been is a full-time position, and when we compare that with other full-time clerks with similar responsibilities, the [increase] is in line.”

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