Sedalia Council Approves Salary Increase

| September 6, 2013
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The Sedalia City Council met in a closed session this Tuesday. At that time, they unanimously approved a two percent salary increase for the Sedalia City Administrator.

Gary Edwards is currently the lowest paid administrator or manager in the State for a town of Sedalia’s size. The recent raise took effect on his anniversary date of August first. He took over the position on that date in 2011.

Edwards’ current salary is $92,184.82 per year. Council also voted to pay for dependent health insurance costs, which will cost the city $6,816.12 per year.

Press Release from the City of Sedalia

(SEDALIA, MISSOURI): The Mayor and City Council met in closed session on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 in accordance with Section 610.021 (3) RSMo for matters of personnel. While in closed session, the eight member Council unanimously voted to increase City Administrator Gary Edwards’ salary by 2% and to pay for dependent health insurance costs, effective August 1, 2013. Mr. Edwards’ current salary is $92,184.82 per year. The dependent health insurance costs will be $ 6,816.12 per year. Mr. Edwards’ contract with the City requires an annual review of his compensation, by the Council on his anniversary date of August 1st.

Mayor Elaine Horn stated that Mr. Edwards’ increased salary and benefit package is a catch up effort and he is currently the lowest paid city administrator or city manager position in the state of Missouri for cities between 20,000 to 25,000 thousand in population and the third lowest paid in the State for those cities in the 16,000 to 20,000 thousand in population. She noted it would take several years to bring his compensation package up to market at this rate.

Mayor Horn said “Mr. Edwards has been instrumental in overseeing the budget and working with department heads to insure continual fiscal responsibility with the tax dollars spent. Our team works well to maintain a sound budget under the guidance  of Mr. Edwards. “

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