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St. Petersburg's mayor details how he'll pay for new staff

ST. PETERSBURG — When Mayor Rick Kriseman hired eight new administrators to help him run City Hall, talk immediately turned to how he would pay their salaries and benefits. The budget the City Council approved in September did not include money for the positions. Some, like a chief of staff and communications director, didn't exist under former Mayor Bill Foster. Kriseman has now provided the council with details on how he will pay for his executive staff, as well as the payouts for departing employees.

New salaries

Kanika Tomalin,

deputy mayor $150,000

Michael Dove, director of

neighborhood affairs $130,000

Kevin King,

chief of staff $98,500

Nikki Gaskin-Capehart,

director of urban affairs $95,000

Sally Everett, director

of legislative, education and

intergovernmental affairs $95,000

Benjamin J. Kirby,

director of communications $90,000

Jessica Eilerman, mayor's

small business liaison $70,000

David Flintom, director of

mayor's action center $70,000

Where the money will come from


Increased expenditures will include:


Salaries and benefits

for new positions and


Payouts for departures

The increase in expenditures will be offset by savings in:

• Job vacancies, $367,050

• Contingency funds, $283,011

• Other, $506,760, which includes $250,000 from the general fund capital improvement budget and $256,760 from part of the proceeds from the sale of land at First Avenue N and Second Street, the site of what was once to be the Grand Bohemian Hotel

Source: Mayor's Office

St. Petersburg's mayor details how he'll pay for new staff 01/14/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 8:10am]
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