The Marana Town Council offered Marana Town Manager Gilbert Davidson a new two-year contract that will keep him on board at least through the 2019 fiscal year. 

The council voted 5-1 on the new deal, with Council Member Roxanne Ziegler as the only dissenting vote. Council Member Herb Kai was not present. Although Ziegler was unable to comment after the June 5 meeting, she was apparently not in favor of the two pay raises in the contract. 

The contract will pay Davidson $195,000 for the first year and $200,000 for the second. His previous two-year deal, which was approved in 2015, paid him $190,000 for both years. Over that time, all qualifying full-time town employees have either received cost-of-living pay-increases or small one-time bonuses. 

For Davidson it is now a chance to focus on all of the projects the town has planned. Less than 12 hours after agreeing to the deal, Davidson was serving as emcee for the new police-station groundbreaking ceremony. 

“I am just honored to serve Marana and be a part of all the things going on in the community,” Davidson said. “I am just excited to continue on working with the council.”

Davidson was named Town Manager in July of 2008 and was extended in 2009 and 2011. In 2013 the council approved a new deal with a pay increase and changes to some of the provisions regarding termination and severance provisions. 

Davidson previously served as the town’s deputy town manager from 2005-2008. 

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