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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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Alphacentaur

May-18-13 1:44 AM

The worst thing about this is we have no recourse. Not until election time. Remember this. Thiere is no turning back. We are now stuck always paying the city manager 110 k. The salary isnow set. Every city manager from here on out will get at least this much. Meanwhile, the city employees have to bend over and accept year after year of dwindling pay. Maybe it would be more palatable if the heads of departments were not outpacing other employees, but anyone unfortunate enough to have to depend on the city for employment can not even voice their strong distaste with any viable recourse. So every few years, a raise to almost match insurance hikes while bob Herron gets 25k raise in the last three years. Don't drop this story. How about some response???

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wvhoopie2

May-17-13 6:52 PM

The city manager is like the CFO of a company. Their job is to watch the spending, justify the spending and keep the budget balanced with in the income of the city and city jobs are done right.

The mayor and council are in charge of making sure the citizen have enough police, fire, and roads and repairs and don’t go wild with spending of unnecessary items. Somewhere the jobs got mixed up and some think they are designers of city and think money is no object in building sport complex and other wasteful project. Just like the citizen live within their budgets the business sector are the ones that should step up to pay for the frills since they work with a profit off of the citizens and government and do not or should not expand the taxes for frills.

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wvhoopie2

May-17-13 6:50 PM

The city should look into what the going rate for a city manager is and what is reasonable cost to pay to have this job done in a city of 30000. What happens if you have a CM leaves or can no longer perform the job. It is the council duty to have a plan on how to approach the lost. The plan should not be just to up the wages to maintain jobs at any level.

The child should not be able to demand a bigger allowance or they are moving out.

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Alphacentaur

May-17-13 5:08 PM

Fed up, to be fair, the city manager at the bargain price of 110k, would not make spelling errors. The lowly employees on the lower floors that have small sections to make, such as what file goes where, male much less money and many more spelling mistakes. The city manager has a whole city to drive into the ground.

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IMFEDUP

May-17-13 3:56 PM

**** Mike1212 it seems i struck a nerve with you, perhaps your 1 of the few I was rambling about !!! with 43 comments about how disappointed everyone is with this administration your main concern is my SPELLING AND GRAMMAR ???? And by the way I have 1 agree to your 2 disagree, not that it matters to me but maybe just maybe i'm not for sure but you might want to keep coming back to see how STUPID YOUR COMMENT WAS!! LOL, ohh and LOL means laughing out loud, figured I would save you from all the typing of your response

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IMFEDUP

May-17-13 3:42 PM

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Alphacentaur

May-17-13 11:55 AM

Fifteen thousand dollars! Most employees will not see that raise accumulate throughout their entire career. Twenty years as a city employee and they may see 10-12 increase over their career. This is on top of the 10k raise from a year or so ago. Might as well schedule this for discussion for the next council meeting. Wonder how fast that topic gets shelved?

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Alphacentaur

May-17-13 11:52 AM

Not even one bit embarrassed. The city is apparently a fortune five hundred company, only without the fortune or the five hundred. So as befitting a ff500, the CEO makes many times the salary of the other employees.

My guess is that this may be the last straw for some. Sick of being treated like disposable pieces, some employees will seek employment elsewhere. Some can not, but that does not mean that they should be Happy to eat the droppings left over.

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bloomin

May-16-13 8:59 PM

Pressure need to be put on to get all these fools fired. Someone needs to step up and lead. Otherwise there will just be more of the same. When does Knzie's salary double, who votes for that? Herron.

Poor leadership-the worst I have ever seen.

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Mike1212

May-16-13 3:42 PM

Hey IMFEDUP you should change your name to "ImF'dUP" with all those spelling and grammar errors....and no it's not airs. Read a book why don't you, or just not speak. I vote the latter

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IMFEDUP

May-16-13 1:46 PM

OK OK here I go, MISTER MAYOR ARE YOU SERIOUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS ?? $110,000.00 per year for a City Manager, as posted the Mayor Of Pittsburgh make less that Our City Manager. I think you need to be relieved of you duty's as mayor !!!!! How can you face the people of Wheeling or your family even ?? You have taken away peoples homes, tore half the city down, taken away most peoples ability to attend meetings,( BUT SPENT ALOT OF OUR MONEY ON A NEW CHAMBER )and now this shame shame shame, MAYOR, MANAGER, SOLICITOR, are in my opinion, just my opinion, are the most unethical people I have ever meet, and all 3 should be relieved of duty. With those 3 salaries combined we could hire a true team that's interest are THE CITY OF WHEELING AND ALL OF ITS CITIZENS and not for the fortunate few !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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wvhoopie2

May-16-13 12:15 PM

The child should not be able to demand a bigger allowance or they are moving out. When the father and mother submit to such a demand then you have the family failing to pay the rent and food bill all because they went along with the child. Government is for the citizens and not for the employee to dictate pay and benefits because soon the city could not meet their responsibility to the citizens and the employees could lose their pensions.

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rover1958

May-16-13 5:11 AM

'Hello, hon?....it's me Bob. It worked!'

'Moohoohoohawhawhawhaw!'

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Alphacentaur

May-16-13 1:32 AM

I would love to see at least half of the city employees prepare to quit. No raise in years that did not coincide with an insurance increase preceding it. I would be embarrassed to accept that when other employees have to make cuts to survive. This is just gluttony. No wonder bob is so red faced all the time.

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doglover26003

May-16-13 12:41 AM

Just another example of Wheeling being "lead" by a bunch of people who have no business running a city. To pay someone to manage a city of this size for over $100,000 is ridiculous-particularly since the population size AND businesses in the city have decreased under his "leadership". WE CAN DO BETTER AND FOR LESS MONEY.

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bloomin

May-15-13 9:41 PM

This is just part of why it is such an embarrassment to live here. This is beyond shameful. If someone else wanted Herron, they should have got him. Nice game of Bluff Bluff Goose.

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wvhoopie2

May-15-13 9:13 PM

What if I was thinking about moving out of Wheeling do you think council would give me a 15% or 20% discount in my taxes. Just think you would not have to pay me any money to stay just cut the city share of the property tax of the county since we have all this extra money for raises.

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wvhoopie2

May-15-13 8:57 PM

If getaclue is right about the Herron pay in 2009 at $80515 and jumped to 2014 to $110000 no wonder government is going broke. Government does not even make a profit but it thinks people can keep paying taxes for their pay and pensions. What did SS go up in those years minus health care cost?

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daWraith

May-15-13 8:29 PM

Kalamazoo 1980: 85,555

2010: 74,262

"Hey I can help your city DIE quicker! I have LOTS of experience with demolition and city wrecking!"

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wvhoopie2

May-15-13 8:28 PM

Call you State senator and representative an ask them to require all the big cities of WV to post agenda on the web three days prior to the meeting to keep the citizens informed.

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wvhoopie2

May-15-13 8:25 PM

Was the pay raise on the City Council agenda? If it was not on the agenda then Council and Mayor may of violated the Open Meeting Act for executive session. I'm sorry I did not attend I forgot if it was a evening or lunch time meeting very confusing this meeting schedule and no agenda on the web that I could access.

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wvhoopie2

May-15-13 7:57 PM

Is government thinking they are private corporation in giving top management big raise and workers 1% or 2% raises? The only trouble is the taxpayers are footing the bill for wages and pensions. How good is the pension funded?

The mayor and council should of did a search for a new CM. They might of got Steubenville CM for 50000 saving the city 60000 or they might get Pittsburgh mayor as a CM with a lot of experience with large city .

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MINIMOO

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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wvhoopie2

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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wvhoopie2

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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