WASHINGTON COUNTY – Just how much do public officials in the city and county get paid?
People sometimes wonder how much their elected officials get paid for their public service. Is it some exorbitant amount, or is it relatively minor? And where do these municipal salaries stack up when compared to the rest of the state?
The salaries of state, county, and municipal officials are generally a matter of public record. One way the people of Utah can access such records is at Utahsright.com, a joint venture between the Salt Lake Tribune and MediaOne of Utah. The following salaries were taken from the information posted on the Utahsright.com website. (Utahsright.com asks that if any inaccuracies are reported, or a discrepancy is found, to please contact them to so they can update the information.)
So how much do the mayors of Washington County cities make in a year?
- Daniel McArthur – St. George City Mayor – $34,252
- Thomas B. Hirschi – Hurricane City Mayor – $19,840
- Chris G. Hart – Ivins City Mayor – $14,586
- Karl Wilson – LaVerkin City Mayor – $11,200
- Rick Rosenburg – Santa Clara City Mayor – $8,400
- Patricia Cluff – Springdale City Mayor – $6,667
- S. Lee Bracken – Enterprise City Mayor – $3,933
And how does this compare to other cities in Utah?
- Ralph Becker – Salt Lake City Mayor – $117,729
- Roberts Williams – Park City Mayor – $41,561
- Joe Johnson – Bountiful City Mayor – $33,619
- Joesph Clive Burgess – Cedar City Mayor – $20,755
- Gary Showalter – Vernal City Mayor – $15,290
- Eugene R. Larsen – Fillmore City Mayor – $10,796
- James C. Robison – Parowan City Mayor – $4,228
According to Utahsright.com, the highest paid mayor in Utah is Thomas Dolan of Sandy with a salary of $153,694. The lowest paid is Mayor Eric Hazelet of Genola at $450.
While individuals running for mayor or city council in Washington County may not earn much in comparison to a job in the private sector (being St. George City Councilor nets $14,333), people looking to prosper in municipal service may want to consider a career in city management.
Marc Mortensen, the assistant to the city manager of St. George, compared the city manager’s position to that of the chief executive officer of a business.
“He oversees day-to-day operations of the city,” Mortensen said.
Unlike mayors and city councils, city managers are not elected, but are appointed by the city council.
“He does not create policy, but makes recommendations to the city council,” Mortensen added.
City managers also oversee the preparation, monitoring, and execution of city budgets.
An overview of a city manager’s duties can be found at International City/County Management Association’s website.
Gary Esplin is the city manager for St. George City, and has served in the position since 1977.
So, how much do city manager’s in Washington County make annually?
- Gary Esplin – St. George City – $158,507
- Judy A. Gubler – Ivins City – $141,496
- Clark R. Fawcett – Hurricane City -$133,539
- Richard Wixom – Springdale City -$118,719
- Roger Carter – Washington City – $106,147
- Wallace R. Ritchie – Santa Clara City -$85,696
- Adam P. Bowler – Enterprise City – $45,230
The highest paid city manager in the state is Alex R. Jensen of Layton at $215,593. The city manager with the lowest annual pay is Robert Dotson of Enoch with $13,797.
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