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City Manager Paid to Stay

Herron receives a $15,000 raise to stop pursuing other jobs

May 15, 2013

WHEELING — City Manager Robert Herron said Tuesday he won’t interview for a new job in Kalamazoo, Mich....

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May-15-13 12:42 AM


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May-15-13 1:29 AM

You know!

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May-15-13 4:48 AM


First of all, Herron was awaiting an interview from Kalamazoo and possibly would have had no choice but to stay in Wheeling. Stay here and continue to enjoy the privacy of his office watching merchants abandon their Wheeling businesses and relocate to the Highlands. Between shootings, he must oversee the development of a crucial albeit unfunded East Wheeling Sports complex. Then, try to stay dry from the constantly breaking one hundred year old water lines beneath the friendly streets of the city. He is encumbered with the task of viewing the demolition of a condemned downtown Wheeling and of course, many more daunting tasks that keep the city and it's inhabitants from being bitten by rats, bed bugs and Market Street Crack addicts. Otherwise, he has done a great job of keeping the hanging baskets of petunias watered.

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May-15-13 7:32 AM

Wheeling population 2000-31,500 population 2011 28,350! Giving away tax payer money for a 15% pay increase......

Anyone get the memo about the US wage earner (tax payers) income has been decreasing for the last 8 years???

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May-15-13 8:09 AM

That amount of money is absurd.

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May-15-13 8:13 AM

funny how some of these people think that they are worth more.entitlement.

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May-15-13 8:34 AM

Wheeling continues to be mismanaged. I see no change in the wings. Why pay this man more money for doing nothing????

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May-15-13 8:40 AM

Nice salary for a government official in a small city.

Many mid-size cities don't even pay their city managers or CAOs that kind of money.

The squeeky wheel gets the oil.

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May-15-13 8:46 AM

Well done sir...well done. I hope this energizes you to help our city grow..increase business opportunities and ease of establishing businesses, address structural issues such as water lines, beautify our city, make our city fun, encourage our police to back off a little on minor issues, and encourage and accept public opinion in city business decisions. do something good.

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May-15-13 9:23 AM

Fiscal year 2009 Herron was scheduled to make $80,515 after a 2.5 % pay raise he made $82,903 an increase of $2415.

Fiscal year 2010 Herron was scheduled to make $82,930. After an 8.3% pay raise he made $89,812. An increase of $6,882.

Somewhere along the line over the last two fiscal years Herron's salary jumped to $95,370

This comming fiscal year 2014 beginning July 1 he had been set to earn $95,370 The raise to $110,000 represents a 15.8-percent or a $14,630 increase.

Since fiscal year 2009 Bob Herron's pay has increased from $80,515 to $110,000 an increase of $29,485 or 36.62 PERCENT!!!

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May-15-13 10:54 AM

News-Register, questions that need to be asked: 1. How long will this salary increase keep Herron in Wheeling? 2. Will the City have to pony-up another $15,000 next year to keep this employee? 3. When Herron announced that he was considering leaving, did anyone investigate what it would cost to fill that position by someone else? 4. Which budget item will this $15,000 come from, or will this cost be covered by another fee/tax? 5. Has the city council considered the "ripple effect" that this wage increase will have with regard to other "high level" city employees?

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May-15-13 11:21 AM

Where did he come from? Should of let him leave, his only interest is himself.

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May-15-13 11:23 AM

BullDoze Wheeling into the river & start woiuld be much more economical..

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May-15-13 11:45 AM

Im impressed. Here is one city official that is able kiss his own *** without straining his back and through this process, convince other city officials that he is worth more than he is. Now why cant he her perform this talented act and convince outsiders that they should bring their business to wheeling? Guess they are not so impressed at his ability to kiss his own.

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May-15-13 12:57 PM

Should have let him walk. This is a man who black-balled someone from any city employment for his views on Wheeling Central football.

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May-15-13 1:09 PM

I hope he reads these posts; then looks in the mirror and wonders why they have been made. Oh well, he will laugh all the way to the bank.

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May-15-13 1:42 PM

It's the Free Market System / Capitalism at its best. Rarely does one ever get the opportunity to play the "pay me or I'm outta here" card. I say good for him. I'm not going to bang on a guy for using a process to his advantage.

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May-15-13 3:22 PM

The elected officials are responsible for holding the line on all expenditures, including all government salaries.

With the economy being what it is, there are likely a hundred unemployed professionals out there who would gladly have applied for the City Manager job & likely at much less cost. The only drawback would be that the new city manager would likely not have the experience the current manager has.

Unless Mr. Herron has unique & expert leadership/management skills that the average professional may not have, this would be a fiscally irresponsible decision.

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May-15-13 3:38 PM

OK, I know this will create a stir, but,...Wheeling cannot afford to keep the Human Rights Commission, even if it means taking part of it under the General Fund,.....but,....they can afford to pay out another 15k per year? SO we don't have the money to help those who are discriminated against locally, but we have the money to give a 10% raise to the person who put the kabosh on protecting the rights of those in need? Does this really sit well with the community? That 15k plus the 14k could have kept 75% of an ENTIRE PROGRAM in place. So much for those discriminated against.

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May-15-13 4:03 PM

City Manager's are a dime-a-dozen! Please list the accomplishments he has been involved with since 2002, if you think he deserved a tax payer funded raise.

I will not hold my breath waiting on all the positives.......

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May-15-13 4:08 PM

Puts the City Manager of Wheeling in the same pay grade of the Mayor of Pittsburgh....Wheeling ain't no Pittsburgh!

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May-15-13 6:22 PM

The Mayor of Pittsburgh, a city with three professional sports teams, half a dozen Fortune 500 firms, several major universities, some of the world's greatest hospitals, condo development and tech startups up the wazoo, nearly 1,000 cops and 1,000 firefighters and 300,000 residents earns a whopping $103,000.

The city manager of Wheeling, population 28,000 and declining by 1% each year, declining tax base, increasing crime rate and an ever increasing budget earns $110,000.

Does anyone see what is wrong with this picture?

In this economy and given the particular sad state of Wheeling, a good city manager can be had for $50,000-$60,000. Hire someone who WANTS to be in Wheeling and offer them performance incentives (ie. debt reduction, tax base increase = pay increase).

Herron was never going to leave. This was just a shakedown. Remember it at the next election and vote the Boy Mayor and his lazy Council OUT.

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May-15-13 6:49 PM

Sounds like a charter change should be made so CM can not use the old I have another offer.

A change should be a City Manager can serve no more than 10 years for the city or maybe all appointed positions should be put in the charter.

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May-15-13 6:53 PM

Now will the police chief or fire chief say they have a better offer to get a raise. What if the whole police department says they might have a better offer for a police job in another city do the get a 10% or 20% raise or do they get the salary the other city pays like New York city.

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May-15-13 7:11 PM

How self absorbed can one be to "demand" more money or vacating a position for greener pastures. It is comforting to know that he will make a significant amount more while the rest of us have depleted hours, decreased wages, and fear being layed off at any given moment. Yet paying taxes to pay these individuals an undeserving raise. This city needs leaders that lead by example; not extortionists.

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