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Questions Raised About Loganville City Manager's Contract

Patch takes a look at the contract in relation to similar positions in neighboring cities.

In the heat of the in the , some candidates raised some financial issues that they believed the city was not dealing with as it should. This put Mayor Ray Nunley on the defensive and the result was a back and forth in the local press on several of the issues. One of the items that came up was the contract of Loganville City Manager Bill Jones.

According to former mayor , who has thrown his hat into the ring for a council post this go round, the city manager’s contract gives him $94,000 a year with a 5 percent annual raise built into the contract. In the light of the current economy, this is an issue that is important to many voters.

Patch has looked into the Loganville city manager’s contract, most specifically how it stacks up against similar positions in other cities around the county.

Information was obtained from the respective cities as well as the Department of Community Affairs for 2010.

City of Monroe

Population                                                11,407 per city website

City Administrator’s Annual salary              $128,927 as of 2010 per DCA

City of Social Circle

Population                                                4,856 as of 2010 per DCA

City Manager’s Annual Salary                     Range from $81,818 to $102,960 per DCA. No confirmation was received from the city on whether the current city manager's salary is on the high or low end of the range.

City of Grayson

Population                                                 1,521 as of 2010 per DCA

City Administrator’s Annual Salary               $50,521 as of 2010 per DCA

City of Loganville

Population                                                10,963 as of 2010 per DCA

City Manager’s Annual Salary                     $93,290.46 as of 2009 with allowance for a percent per year raise.

Utilities Director’s Annual salary                 $81,649

Nunley said although Jones' contract makes allowance for a 5 percent annual raise, the city manager has not had a raise since 2009 when his salary was raised to $93,290.46 per year. He said Jones opted to forego the raise when the downturn in the economy didn't allow for any other city employees to get raises.

Mike Jones October 24, 2011 at 02:42 PM
You seem to have forgotten the $700.00 per month ($8,400.00 per year) transportation expense paid to the City Manager when he lives only 2 miles from City Hall.
Mike Jones October 24, 2011 at 02:46 PM
Also, how about the performance bonus, paid insurance and retirement---separation pay of one years salary and the contract goes through 2015? Do you know of any other employees that have that?
Mike Jones October 24, 2011 at 02:53 PM
Does anyone else on this blog have a 5% annual Cost of Living Adjustment for the next 5 years? If it has been waived--show the paperwork making it official!
Sharon Swanepoel October 24, 2011 at 03:12 PM
Mr. Jones, I appreciate your comments and those are issues for readers to consider. However, in order to compare apples to apples, I would have also had to show whether any of the other contracts had any of those perks written into them. This shows the basic contract information as provided to the Department of Community Affairs by each city.
Grant October 24, 2011 at 04:07 PM
It would certainly appear ,despite Mr Jones whining , that Loganville's City Manager earns compensation similar to , or even less than, other local municipalities of similar size. Good employees expect reasonable compensation and as noted by the FACTS presented Bill Jones compensation is well in line with what he might make in another town .
Chuck Bagley October 24, 2011 at 04:37 PM
Mr. Jones I must acknowledge that you recognized not only the value but the potential value to the City of Loganville when you hired Bill Jones as City Manager to replace Ken Cloud. I had the pleasure of observing Bill work as a council member from 2005 to 2008. It was also a pleasure to watch the City Managers of Walton county cities and cities in Gwinnett county seek advice from Bill over those years. Bill Jones is someone that all residents can be pround of day in and day out. I guess this proves you get what you pay for.
Jim Hinkle October 24, 2011 at 05:12 PM
The City Administrator of Grayson is the city clerk in Grayson and is not equivalent to a City Manager in the other cities. So the salaries are not really capable of being equated with one another.
Sharon Swanepoel October 24, 2011 at 07:05 PM
Mayor Hinkle, it is noted that both Monroe and Grayson have city administrators and not city managers. However, the chief officer for the city - as per the DCA - is what was used for a comparison, be it a city manager or a city administrator. The city population, also, is another obvious criteria to consider.
Trish Gates October 24, 2011 at 09:23 PM
The job is tough and we didn't make the contract years ago. Quit yapping about someone who earns what he makes, does a great job in a growing city......go get a job!
Katie October 25, 2011 at 01:32 PM
I think this is worth looking into. Why does a City Manager receive a 5% raise, a performance bonus, medical coverage for himself and his dependants and a car allowance when the City can't afford to pay just for insurance on it's workers. Without the workers the city is nothing! I've been told that they have a 6 million dollar reserve but no money to continue to pay insurance premiums or give a cost of living raise to the workers? Come on, something really smells!
Grant October 25, 2011 at 01:38 PM
Looking into Katie? Nothing smells here, the City Manager's contract is a matter of public record. There is a pretty simple answer to your questions regarding his pay and benefits ITS IN HIS EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT and as shown by comparison this compensation is similar , and even somewhat lower than other local municipalities. If indeed the City has a $6 million "reserve" than one would have to believe that those currently in office have done a fine job in keeping expenses down and stewarding the tax payer's money .
Gail Lane October 25, 2011 at 04:07 PM
O.K. So wait ... Mike Jones HIRED Bill Jones to replace Ken Cloud and thus initiated this contract that he is so upset about?
Sharon Swanepoel October 25, 2011 at 04:15 PM
That's not quite the case Gail. Mike Jones did hire Bill Jones. However, the city manager's contract was renewed by former mayor Tim Barron in 2009.
Gail Lane October 25, 2011 at 04:16 PM
Thanks for the clarification. That sounded a bit beyond odd!
Willie T. Frank October 25, 2011 at 04:40 PM
The City of Loganville is a business just like any other and thanks to the CEO’s of this corporation (mayor and council) as well as the city manager that runs the day to day operations of the city the citizens of this city has a business that is doing well unlike a large majority of cities and counties across the state as well as the country. Our parents always told us to save for a rainy day and I believe that is what the CEO’s we elected to run our corporation have done. Now we have candidates that want to get rid of the (rainy day) funds that were put into place by the people we elected as well as the employees of the city. It’s my understanding the city does have enough money in reserve to carry the operation of the city for a few months according to the city audit, is that not a good thing? What if the city was hit with a disaster? So ask your selves what happens in 4 years when all the reserves are gone along with the one term candidate? The way I see it the economy is not going to get better any time soon so one of two things will happen, the citizens quality of service will be cut due to employee layoffs and or furlows including public safety because the city will not have reserve funds to fall back on because of a decrease in revenue or 2 the people of Loganville will be burdened by an increase in taxes to make up the difference to provide those services. In my opinion the short term promises will have long term effects on the citizens of Loganville.
Chuck Bagley October 25, 2011 at 05:16 PM
The first contract for the City Manager was designed to establish stability to the City of Loganville in dealing with financial firms. The city council turned over 50% of the council members every year as there were two years terms for the mayor and council. The Human Resources committee of Chairperson Chuck Bagley, members Wendell Geiger and Austin Jones presented a recommendation to the Mayor and Council the motion passed 6 to 0. In 2009 Tim Barron was no longer Mayor as Ray Nunley was elected in the 2008 election. I would suggest if it makes a big difference that the minutes of the meeting be reviewed to determine who made the motion for the new contract, who seconded the motion and what was the outcome of the final vote, just as the previous vote I think you will find it unanimous. Also, reserve fund not only if for “rainy days” but for known expenses that will be paid at a future date. It could be disaster to spend reserve funds for a pre-existing debt that has not yet come due and payable.
Sharon Swanepoel October 25, 2011 at 06:13 PM
Chuck, I believe the contract I saw was signed by Tim Barron so it was likely signed in 2008 to be effective 2009. I really didn't take too much notice of the contract effective date, I guess it could have been 2008, but I definitely saw that Barron was the signature on it.,

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