Evanston aldermen tonight are scheduled to vote on a 2.5 percent pay hike for City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz.

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl says she and the aldermen gave the manager an “outstanding” performance review during an executive session last Monday and proposed the pay hike, retroactive to Jan. 1.

Tisdahl, in a memo prepared for tonight’s meeting, says that’s the same inrease given to all general employees this year as a cost of living adjustment.

She says the city manager requested to not be considered for a merit raise this year. Other non-union city employees aren’t getting merit salary adjustments this year either, given the continuing uncertainty over the state’s budget, the mayor says.

The increase will bring the city manager’s annual salary to $206,084.

Tisdahl, in her memo, says she and the aldermen look forward to working with Bobkiewicz in the years ahead.

Update: Aldermen approved the manager’s pay raise without debate on the City Council’s consent agenda Monday night.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Let me get this straight

    Let me get this straight. The manager goes into his review, and requests that he not be considered for a merit raise. Perhaps because he might be feeling some pangs of conscience that other non union employees were not getting raises either. Plus he had just proposed to furlough city workers because the city was financially strapped. Not only does the council rate his performance as outstanding (their opinion) but they give him a raise even though he did not want one. Does his contract stipulate that he must be given this raise whether he wants it or not, or does the lack of money only affect a certain segment of the workforce?

  2. Why not limit it to inflation

    Why not limit it to inflation. According to the Obama administration , imflation has not exceeded 1.5 % over the last 5 years with 2014 being the highest. Just last week the White House said that 2015 was running at only 0.25 % for the 1st 6 months of 2015,  But we all know the cost of living for Evanston has far exceeded other parts of the country.

    Maybe Evanston taxpayers are getting off easy at 2.5 %.

  3. keeping up
    I know people here don’t love or even like his performance so this argument may not help (I don’t really have an opinion) but it does not pay to keep a position this important underpaid in a city government or nonprofit. If you don’t keep the line item in the ballpark for the job, you can never recruit the next guy because the salary and compensation line has gone too far below market. This seems like a big job for someone with lots of credentials and experience. We should pay everyone fairly but that should not come at the expense of starving a position because that strategy can come back to bite you.

    1. This assumes he is doing a good job
      Many with disagree that his work has merited his salary let alone an increase. With the deals for Trader Joes, Patiogate, gifts to businesses like awnings, fences, pushing or at least not working to stop all these special deals like EAC and other ‘arts’ give a ways, residents should ask if that is really a sign of quality work—at least standing up to the Council or resigning in protest.
      This argument of paying more so future managers [or other positions] will take the job, is like corporations giving large pay/bonuses or even retention bonuses even for failing businesses. You can always find a good or excellent candidate at reasonable market rates—many would jump at the job for much less pay.

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