Port of Walla Walla gives executive director a raise


WALLA WALLA — Port of Walla Walla Executive Director Jim Kuntz will get a 2 percent raise in 2014.

Port commissioners on Monday unanimously approved a salary increase for the head of Walla Walla’s lead economic development agency.

The increase will bump Kuntz’s salary from $151,500 to $154,530, outgoing Port Commission President Paul Schneidmiller said this morning.

Kuntz is on vacation and did not attend Monday’s 3 p.m. meeting, where the salary increase was one of several items on the agenda. No public comments were made in favor or against the proposal, Schneidmiller said.

The bump is 1 percent more than he received for the 2013 year. Schneidmiller said the additional increase was the result of improvements in goals laid out during his performance evaluation. The evaluation took place in an executive session earlier in December.

In addition to Kuntz’s salary, Port commissioners have authorized use of up to 21/2 percent for salary increases for Port staff. Kuntz sets salaries for staff members and has discretion to change those for 2014 based also on performance evaluations. Schneidmiller clarified the authorized funds are not necessarily indicative of salary increases across the board.

The meeting was the last for Schneidmiller, who leaves his post after 13 years as a Port commissioner. He said this morning he will continue to work with the Port on transportation issues, particularly on air service.

Fellow commissioners Ron Dunning and Mike Fredrickson and staff members thanked him for his service Monday.

Schneidmiller said he will continue to offer any assistance to Port commissioners on historic perspective. He will swear in new Commissioner Peter Swant during the Port’s Jan. 9 meeting.


Iopine 1 year, 10 months ago

Is this part of the reason for the 1% increase in property taxes?


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