At the September 9th Gillette City Council workshop, a discussion on salary and City Council compensation is expected to take place. Not all the council members are welcoming the discussion, but Gillette Mayor Tom Murphy said it’s time the conversation played out. Murphy points out that there has not been an increase in council members’ compensation in sixteen years.
“For me personally, I believe that the compensation needs to be brought up to today’s dollars.”---Murphy
Murphy also said he does not want the discussion to go another sixteen years without being addressed.
“What I would like to see have happen is that the compensation be brought up to today’s dollars, and then adjusted accordingly every two years.”---Murphy
Earlier this week, Gillette City Council Member Louise Carter- King made it clear she is one council member who is not interested in having the council salary and compensation discussion. Carter-King said she thought any talk of a salary increase was tossed out during the last council retreat.
“So, I was just concerned that it’s coming up yet again, when I didn’t see much interest from the majority of the council.”---LCK
King also noted she feels any council members that want to talk about an increase in salary or council compensation are in the minority
“I do. Now, we haven’t heard numbers or anything like that, and I could be completely wrong. But, I get a sense that, at this time, it won’t have any support.”---LCK
*The Mayor's salary is $18,000 per year. The City Council is $500/month or $6,000/year.