AUBURN | Auburn's relatively new city manager got a positive performance review from the mayor and city council, and is due a raise.
But Douglas Selby, city manager, declined the raise contractually due to him and asked that it be deferred until he is no longer an employee of the city. The Auburn City Council will vote on deferring that raise at its Thursday meeting.
Selby makes $112,000 and, according to the city, was entitled to a cost of living raise of 1.7 percent, or $1,904, in 2013.
Mayor Michael Quill, who participated in the performance review process along with the council, said he couldn't go too much into details about the review, as it involves personnel, but said he and the council members unanimously agreed that Selby deserved a positive performance review.
"I think he's a great guy and I think he's done a terrific job for Auburn," Quill said. "It's very hard when you interview a person for a job. They always come with glowing recommendations, but Doug is proving he's what we're looking for."
As for Selby's turning down his raise, Quill said it's a selfless action.
"It's to be more advantageous to the city," Quill said. "He's trying to do his best to alleviate some of the problems with the finances."
Councilor Peter Ruzicka said he couldn't comment on the review because it is a personnel matter, but agreed that the council unanimously gave Selby a positive review.
Selby said his request to defer his raise until after he ends his employment with the city will serve as an example to other city employees.
"Our department heads have had their wages frozen and we're asking our unions to consider reducing their contractual wage increases, so it's only fair that I set an example," he said.
Selby said his three-year contract was originally signed on Aug. 25, 2011. It was ratified in January 2012 when new councilors sat on the board and will need to be ratified again in January 2014. It will expire on Aug. 26, 2014.