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Posted on December 1, 2016
Records released last week shows that Mayor Andrew Gillum has ignored a pledge he made during his campaign for Mayor to cut his salary from his full-time job at the People for American Way Foundation.
During Gillum’s run for Mayor of Tallahassee in June 2014, Andy Alcock, then an investigative reporter for WCTV, asked Gillum about his job with the People for American Way Foundation and his potential responsibilities if elected Mayor.
An excerpt from the Alcock report is below:
In addition to serving as city commissioner, Gillum works full time for an organization called People for the American Way Foundation developing young civic leaders.
“I’ve got the greatest job in the world,” Gillum said. “Every day I work developing the next generation of young civic leaders who are trying to make changes in their communities,” he said.
Gillum says if he becomes mayor, he’ll keep but cut back on that job.
Currently Gillum says he’s paid $102,000 a year to work for People for the American Way Foundation in addition to his roughly $37,000 a year job as commissioner.
But, if he’s elected mayor, he says his foundation salary would be cut in half to $51,000.
Gillum coasted to victory in August,2014.
However, recently released documents show Gillum did not “cut back on the job” and did not reduce his salary.
TR obtained the People for the American Way IRS filings that show Gillum was paid $136,007 in 2013, $136,000 in 2014, and 133,204 in 2015.
Gillum’s salary listed in the People for American Way IRS filing coupled with his approximate $76,000 salary as Mayor of Tallahassee means his annual salary is approximately $209,000.
Also, the 2015 filing shows that Gillum worked 40 hours a week as the Director of Youth Leadership during 2015 when he was Mayor of Tallahassee.
These findings raise questions about the Leadership Mayor position which was created with a higher salary to facilitate more responsibilities.
Based on the City of Tallahassee’s website, the leadership Mayor’s “role includes presiding at city commission meetings, serving as the ceremonial head of the government, serving as the official head of the City for civil processes, and executing legal documents. The mayor is also considered the political leader of the government and is involved in dialogues and negotiations with county, state, and federal officials.”
Mayor Gillum and his office have repeatedly refused to answer questions about his salary and responsibilities with the People for American Way Foundation.