May 29, 2024

The City of Midland’s city manager and city attorney both received wage increases on Monday.

During a regular City Council meeting, the council went over performance reviews for City Attorney Jim Branson and City Manager Brad Kaye. Both received wage increases, and Kaye also received a bonus.

Council member Diane Brown Wilhelm presented the performance review for Kaye, mainly discussing the challenges he faced over the past two years and those that lie ahead. Those challenges include retaining talent in city departments and creating flood resilience.

Kaye’s position also requires a significant amount of research and helped council take action on issues that impact everyone in the city, Brown Wilhelm said. These include employment succession and wellbeing initiatives, water/sewer rates, sewer infrastructure improvements, and flood protection evaluations.

Brown Wilhelm also said council would like to see updates and progress on previous discussions and decisions made related to the Buttles Street road diet, staffing realignment/succession planning, sewer infrastructure design, working on the city’s master plan, and updates from the Four Lakes Task Force. She added that council would like to see continued work with community partners on city projects and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

Kaye received a 3.3% cost of living salary increase and a 2.2% merit increase. He will also receive a $1,500 bonus.

“Council recognizes, and acknowledges, the significant effort required to lead and manage the city during these challenging times,” Brown Wilhelm said. “These challenges are not going away anytime soon.”

Council member Steve Arnosky presented the review of Branson’s performance, stating that Branson’s expertise is a help for those in and out of the city. Branson has 22 years of experience being a city attorney, along with several prior years assisting the city as a private attorney.

Branson received a 7.33% salary increase.

“It has been our experience that Mr. Branson is always responsive to the questions from city council members and provides the guidance that we expect,” Arnosky said.

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