Andover administrator, other staff receive salary increase

The Andover City Council gave City Administrator Jim Dickinson a positive review and a pay bump similar to other city employees are getting.

Jim Dickinson
Jim Dickinson

Dickinson will receive a 1.5 percent raise and be paid $129,756 in 2013. He last received a 1 percent salary increase in 2011 to bring him to $123,578 a year.

The $300 per month vehicle allowance and $2,000 in deferred compensation amounts remain the same, according to Human Resources Manager Dana Makinen.

The council spent between 30 and 45 minutes reviewing Dickinson’s performance over the past year in a closed session at the end of the Nov. 27 workshop, according to Mayor Mike Gamache.

Gamache said the council was happy with a lot of things the city administrator did in 2012 and was willing to give him a bump in salary considering Andover had a good year financially and was able to maintain its AA+ bond rating, which is the second best bond rating a city can have.

Dickinson has frequently commented on his goal of making Andover a AAA bond rated community, which is the highest rating.

Gamache said the council was pleased with the recent work the city administrator did with Ehlers and Associates to get the Andover YMCA/Community Center bonds refinanced so the city could save over $4 million over the next 20 years.

On a personal note, Gamache said he was satisfied with how Dickinson kept the council up-to-date on what was happening and communicated with residents who called city hall.

“It could have been a much more divisive issue, but the staff with Jim leading the way have kept this in line,” Gamache said.

The main concern the council raised during the closed session was that Dickinson has a lot on his plate, said Gamache.

Dickinson has done a good job making sure there is a plan in place in case he is unable to be Andover’s city administrator for whatever reason, according to Gamache.

Other city employees get increase

At the same time the council approved Dickinson’s salary increase Dec. 18, it also approved market rate adjustments for the natural resources technician, deputy city clerk and information systems coordinator.

All other non-union employees received a 1.5 percent salary increase.

Kameron Kytonen, natural resources technician, will see his salary increase from $48,131 to $51,062.

Michelle Hartner, deputy city clerk, will see her salary increase from $45,613 to $47,996.

Scott Allen, information systems coordinator, will see his salary increase from $71,637 to $75,042.

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]

  • Joe

    In other news, those of us in the private sector lost 2% of salary to social security and did not get a raise. Aaah to be a government employee.