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Elkhorn administrator getting pay raise

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Pedro Oliveira Jr.
February 2, 2010
— Elkhorn’s city administrator is getting a raise.

The Elkhorn City Council on Monday unanimously approved a 2.25 percent pay bump for Administrator Sam Tapson, who estimated his new salary to be about $92,000 per year.


The pay raise followed an evaluation by the council of Tapson’s performance. The evaluation was completed in closed session in a previous city council meeting.


“Sam has worked for us for 10 years now, and he has come a long way since he began here,” Mayor John Giese said after the meeting. “We continue to hope for improvement.


“He has done a fairly decent job.”


Giese declined to comment on the details of Tapson’s performance evaluation.


“We just do a review of job performance where we think he has excelled and where we think he needs to improve, and then we discuss with him,” the mayor added.


The city council also approved a pay raise for three aldermanic seats and the mayoral position.


Aldermen in districts 1, 2 and 4 currently are paid about $12 less than aldermen in districts 3, 4 and 6. The new rate will even out aldermanic salaries to $330 per month with a $105 per month expense allowance.


Elkhorn’s new mayor, to be elected this spring, will make about $16 more than Giese, who is paid $546 per month and has a $130 per month expense allowance.


The raises only will take effect when incoming city officials are seated.



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