Tallahassee Reports has learned that the substantial raises given by City Manager Rick Fernandez to executive staff has resulted in annual salaries that are significantly higher than salaries for the same position in comparable Florida cities.
These findings contradict the assertion by City Manager Rick Fernandez that the substantial increases in salaries were justified based on comparable positions in city governments that included Gainesville and Lakeland.
TR asked for and received salary information for the assistant city manager position in the cities of Gainesville and Lakeland earlier today.
The information shows that Gainesville has two assistant city managers that have an annual salary of $136,000 and $141,000. Both employees have been in the assistant city manager positions for 8 years.
The City of Lakeland has a deputy city manager that has an annual salary of makes $132,600 and has been on the job for two-months and an assistant city manager position that is vacant. The vacant position is being advertised with a salary range between $85,000 and $158,000 per year. Based on press reports, over 100 people have applied for the position.
In contrast, the City of Tallahassee has three assistant city managers who each have a salary of $175,000 and a deputy city manager with a salary of $185,000. All of the employees are new to their positions and none were advertised.