Gleason given pay hike

Marlo Guetersloh
wtr@timestoday.com
Washington City Administrator Tim Gleason

City Administrator Tim Gleason received an $8,000 pay raise Monday.

At its regular meeting, Washington City Council unanimously approved setting Gleason's salary at $111,132 a year. The pay rate is retroactive to May 1, the start of the city's current fiscal year.

"I appreciate it, but it was completely unexpected and unasked for," Gleason said after the meeting about the raise.

City Clerk Pat Brown presented the resolution for Gleason's raise for the council's vote. During the City Council meetings, Gleason traditionally presents resolutions for the council's vote. 

The pay raise comes about six months since Gleason's last pay increase. In December, the council approved a $5,000 bump in Gleason's pay. 

Gleason was hired in October 2012 at a pay rate of about $98,000 a year. The contract also includes a city car and city cellphone for Gleason.

Gleason had just celebrated his one-year anniversary with the city when the Nov. 17, 2013, tornado plowed through Washington. His primary tasks at the city have included spearheading the city's recovery. 

After the meeting, Gleason also said he was not interested in applying for the county administrator job. Last month, Tazewell County Administrator Michael Freilinger announced he was resigning to take a job in Iowa. 

"I like where I am," Gleason said. 

Gleason, a native of Tazewell County, retired from the Pekin police with the rank of lieutenant in 2010. He worked for the state in the correctional industries office before going to the state’s DEOC. 

The city renewed Gleason’s contract in May 2013 to run concurrent with the mayor’s term. Gleason was not given a raise at that time. Washington Mayor Gary Manier was unopposed in his re-election bid in April 2013. Gleason’s current contract with the city expires April 30, 2017. 

Under state law, a city council cannot extend a city manager's contract beyond the current term of the mayor. 

When Gleason’s contract was renewed last year, City Attorney Richard Russo said the contract did not include a scale for annual pay increases. The contract required the city to conduct annual performance evaluations. Russo said under the contract, the council could provide raises for Gleason as it saw fit and that the council had control over the amount of the pay increase.