Walla Walla City Council expected to OK salary increases

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WALLA WALLA — The City Council is expected to approve salary increases of 8.5 percent for City Attorney Tim Donaldson and 3 percent for City Manager Nabiel Shawa when it meets Wednesday night.

City attorney salaries at a glance

From Association of Washington Cities 2013 Salary Survey

Cities 25,000 to 40,000 population

Puyallup $10,758

Bremerton $11,826

Longview $9,720

Bothell $12,654

Mount Vernon $9,201

University Place $11,248

Des Moines $11,610

SeaTac $12,198

*Proposed for Walla Walla $10,815

Salary increases for the city’s top two to administrative staff fall under the authority of City Council members, who review, hire and approve contracts for the two positions.

“(City Attorney) Donaldson has declined pay raises several times over the last few years and his salary has fallen behind,” Mayor Jim Barrow said, explaining the reason Council may vote to increase Donaldson’s annual salary from $119,523 to $129,780.

Shawa’s 3 percent raise will take his salary from $142,800 to $147,084.

Barrow explained that all non-represented employees received a cost-of-living increase of 2 percent, and some directors, including Shawa, were given an additional 1 percent raise for a total 3 percent salary in 2014.

Most of the city’s 234 full-time employees will likely receive a 2 percent salary increase, but police officers and firefighters are still negotiating union contracts for both 2013 and 2014.

Binding arbitration between the city and the unions is expected to take place in the next few weeks.

Wednesday’s Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at City Hall, 15 N. Third Avenue.

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