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Archambo to get raises in 2012

Jan. 18, 2012

City Administrator James Archambo will receive a raise this year and possibly a bonus come 2013 if he meets the goals the Wauwatosa Common Council sets for him.

After reading reviews submitted by the department directors that report to him and talking is closed session for nearly two hours, the council showed their appreciation with the city administrator's performance.

The nod of support comes in the form of a 1.5 percent wage increase this month, followed by another 1.5 percent raise in July. A one-time incentive payment of up to $3,500 will be made in 2013 if Archambo accomplishes certain goals. He currently earns $115,169.60.

The council's Employee Relations Committee will begin outlining those goals in coming weeks, said Alderman Peter Donegan, committee chairman.

Alderman Michael Walsh was the only council member to vote in opposition to the wage changes.

"I thought we should give him a 3 percent raise right away," he said following the meeting.

Council members had expressed feelings that Archambo offered "an exceptional performance" in the last year when the city faced the impacts of state budget and collective bargaining legislation and difficult budgetary challenges, Walsh said.

Alderman Dennis McBride received a call from at least one resident who opposed giving the city administrator a raise. However, Archambo didn't receive one in 2011 because he wanted to set a financially prudent example in hard economic times. Since he contributes 10 percent of his health insurance premium and 5.9 percent toward pension, his compensation "is falling behind," McBride said.

"It's something we can't continue with," McBride said. "He could be lured away."

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