Tyler City Council approved a 5.44 percent increase for City Manager Mark McDaniel on Wednesday, raising his total compensation package from its current $202,000 per year to $213,000 per year.
The $213,000 amount includes an annual salary of $205,000 in addition to an $8,000 per year car allowance. His current salary is $195,000 with a $7,000 per year car allowance.
The salary increase for McDaniel was budgeted into this year’s annual budget for fiscal year 2013-2014, Assistant City Manager Susan Guthrie said.
“Generally, performance review increases are captured in the productivity fund in the current year. So yes, the funding is available,” Ms. Guthrie said. The productivity fund is included as a part of the city’s annual budget, she said.
A recent salary survey, done for Texas cities with populations between 75,000 and 100,000, indicated an average annual salary of $198,452 for city managers, according to information received from the city.
City Council members praised McDaniel for helping get the city through some tough economic times in the past few years, and called him an exceptional leader.
“Your ability during the downturn … kept the city from raising taxes and going into the reserve fund. … You are the leader of an exceptional staff,” District 4 Councilmember and Mayor Pro-Tem Martin Heines said.
Mayor Barbara Bass said the city should be paying McDaniel above an average salary for the job he has done as city manager.
“We’ve asked a lot and you’ve performed. … We want you to remain here,” she said.
One of McDaniel’s achievements includes the executing of a chapter 380 grant agreement for the 700,000 square-foot retail development and a land donation to the city for a new hotel and conference center.
He also secured the right of way for the Cumberland Road extension, got the city’s AAA Standard and Poor’s bond rating reaffirmed, and began the construction of the downtown Fair Parking Garage, among other accomplishments.
McDaniel thanked the council for their leadership and told them they made his job easier. McDaniel first served four years as Tyler’s deputy city manager before being named manager in 2009.
McDaniel declined pay increases as the city weathered difficult economic times in the past few years, officials have said. He has more than 25 years experience in municipal management and holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in public administration from the University of North Texas.
McDaniel also completed the Senior Executive in Local Government Program at Harvard University.