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Town council gives Andrews pay raise

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Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 11:00 pm

With two dissenting votes, the Oro Valley Town Council earlier this month approved a pay raise for Town Manager David Andrews.

The increase brings Andrews’ annual salary to $164,967 — a $21,000 increase.

Mayor Paul Loomis and Councilman Al Kunisch voted against the 14-percent pay increase.

“I can’t support this agreement,” Loomis said.

Among the provisions Loomis questioned was a deferred-compensation package of $12,000.

The mayor noted that the town already pays into Andrews’ retirement account.

The mayor also disputed the amount of time off Andrews can bank under the contract.

“I’m very concerned with allowing somebody to accrue up to 500 hours,” Loomis said.

Kunisch questioned whether the council should approve the raise after giving police and other town employees a 1.5-percent pay increase.

About 70 percent of police were also eligible for up to 4 percent merit raises.   

Councilwoman Paula Abbott supported the pay raise.

“I think this is an equity issue,” Abbott said.

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