Greg Caton will continue serving as the interim town manager for at least six months, according to the employment agreement approved by the Oro Valley Town Council on July 20.
Caton, who was hired as the assistant town manager last year, will receive $137,103.83 in his new position.
Caton was appointed to the interim town manager position in June to replace Jerene Watson, who resigned to take a deputy town manager position in Flagstaff. As assistant town manager, Caton was earning $124,640 a year.
Watson was making slightly more than $155,000 annually with Oro Valley. Gilbert Davidson, Marana’s town manager, makes $148,000 a year.
Rather than start a search for a new town manager, the council opted to keep Caton in place for at least six months. The employee agreement can be automatically renewed for an additional six months unless either party affirmatively decides not to renew it.
If the council decides to hire a new town manager after six months, or a year, the employment agreement allows Caton to return to his former position as the assistant town manager.
In June, Mayor Satish Hiremath said Caton was a good choice for the position because he knows town operations and the staff, and understands what is needed in the town.