In an interview today with Tom Flanigan on WFSU’s Perspectives show, challenger Steven Hougland traded jabs with incumbent City Commissioner Curtis Richardson over the recent executive pay raises given out at City Hall.
In the discussion about the raises, which in some cases were between $30,000 and $50,000, Hougland said Commissioner Richardson should have asked questions, but instead remained quiet and approved the raises.
Richardson responded by saying “I don’t apologize for anything we have done.”
Richardson went on to say that “I think the City Manager did a fantastic job” in implementing the staff reorganization. After seeing the City Manager’s presentation, Richardson told Mr. Flanigan, I believe the raises “were certainly reasonable.”
Hougland said “it concerns me when we are handing out raises that exceed the average annual family income in Tallahassee.”
Hougland also brought up the fact that the raises for the 16 employees were recommended by an employee that was actually receiving a raise. Hougland said he would have asked for an independent review.
Richardson ended the discussion by saying he had complete confidence in the City staff and that the voters will ultimately decide if the raises were in the best interest of the City of Tallahassee.
Tallahassee Reports journalist, Karen Murphy, has completed a profile on this race which will be posted tomorrow afternoon.