TREASURE ISLAND — Reid Silverboard was hoping to celebrate his sixth anniversary as city manager with a pay increase, but he'll have to wait.
Silverboard presented a salary study done by Madeira Beach of Pinellas County city manager salaries during last week's meeting with a suggested 3 to 6 percent increase in his current $105,047 salary — a raise similar to one approved for other nonunion employees. A 3 percent increase would be $3,151 annually and a 6 percent increase would equal $6,302.
But after some discussion about what criteria should be used, city commissioners pushed the question to their next meeting, May 21, and asked Silverboard to supply them with more information.
According to the salary study, Silverboard is the third-lowest paid city manager in the group of 15 with only Indian Rocks Beach and Belleair Beach being lower at $89,760 and $78,733, respectively.
The top city manager's salary among the 15 was Clearwater at $173,972 followed by Dunedin at $146,578 and Largo at $145,600. All three cities are much larger than Treasure Island's 6,711 population and 5.3 square miles.
Silverboard told commissioners he started six years ago at a salary of $100,000, which averages to raises of less than 1 percent annually. There are enough funds in the current budget for up to a 6 percent increase for Silverboard, he said.
To make a fair comparison, Silverboard argued that commissioners should look at cities that offer services similar to Treasure Island's such as fire, police and public works departments and have similar populations.
But one commissioner made it clear he has no intention of approving a salary increase for the city manager.
"Based on the last evaluation I gave you, I'm not in favor of it," Commissioner Alan Bildz told Silverboard. "Especially considering what happened to some of the city employees."
Bildz was referring to Silverboard having a personality conflict with the city's building official, who Bildz said was highly qualified but was eventually hired by another city.
In an evaluation last fall, Silverboard received mostly "needs improvement" and "meets expectations" in the 26 categories ranked by the five commissioners.
Silverboard said he disagrees with the way the commission evaluates his position. "There has to be a better system than this," he said. "I think the city manager should have input into his evaluation."
City Commissioner Carol Coward agreed, saying the board "hasn't done a good job" in handling reviews. Commissioner Phil Collins asked Silverboard to come back with a ranking of city manager salaries with the five cities similar in population and services to Treasure Island. Bildz said he would like to see those details for all 15 cities, along with information on the seniority of its city managers.
"I think that should be taken into consideration. That would make a difference," Bildz said.
Not included in the city manager's salary is the $400 a month car allowance Silverboard receives, and retirement and pension benefits similar to other city employees.