The Killeen City Council unanimously agreed on the city manager’s performance, but two council members were against granting a 4 percent merit raise.
The 4 percent raise, which will put City Manager Glenn Morrison’s salary at more than $175,000, was approved by the council with a 5-2 vote.
Councilmen Jonathan Okray and Steve Harris voted against it, although they both agreed with the body in rating Morrison’s performance highly.
“I will never comprehend municipal pay that’s (equal) to federal levels of responsibility of political subdivisions in terms of population,” Okray said. “I just can’t comprehend that, and that’s my disagreement with a pay raise.”
The council performed its annual evaluation of Morrison in April during a closed-session meeting. It is written into the city manager’s contract that he be evaluated annually every April by the city’s governing body.
Mayor Dan Corbin said at the April meeting the council reached a majority consensus to give Morrison the raise.
Harris said he agreed with giving Morrison a 2 percent merit raise, but not 4 percent “simply because (Morrison) turned it down last year.”
“I didn’t think that we should say ‘OK, but you deserved it last year, but you turned it down. We know you did (well) so, here we’re going to give you this, too,’” he said. “I think we should give it as its accepted, and as it’s brought forth each year. If it’s not accepted, then there’s no do-overs on that part.”
City spokeswoman Hilary Shine confirmed Morrison turned down the raise in 2013, but she did not say why he turned down the 2 percent raise.
The council’s retroactive approval bumped Morrison’s salary from $168,500 to $175,240.
The raise took effect May 1.
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