Evanston aldermen Monday night are scheduled to approve a 3.6 percent pay hike for City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz.
Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, in a memo, says aldermen in executive session last month gave Bobkiewicz “an outstanding performance review.”
She said that during his five years on the job Evanston “has weathered severe financial difficulties without raising property tax for general fund expenditures and not negatively impacting city services.”
Bobkiewicz, she said, has been a key figure in that achievement — as well as others, including improved pension funding, economic development, improved customer service and leadership in sustainability, community engagement and transparency.
She also praised his work to address youth issues and dissolve Evanston Township while improving services to needy residents.
He arrived in Evanston to face a budget crisis triggered by the collapse of the housing market and ended up recommending a five percent pay cut for himself and city department heads, as well as substantial layoffs from the city workforce.
Under the contract to be voted on Monday, he’ll earn $201,058 this year, with the pay hike retroactive to Jan. 1. That amounts to an 8.7 percent increase over what he made when he started work in Evanston.
Updae 9/23/14: Aldermen approved the contract without dissent Monday night.
Alderman Jane Grover, 7th Ward said her vote to hire Bobkiewicz was the best vote she’s ever cast, and the vote to renew his contract is her second best vote. (More on the aldermen’s comments here.)