Bellevue City Manager's Salary Reaches Six Figures
BELLEVUE - It took eight years, but Bellevue City Manager Phil Kushlan's salary finally made it into six figures.
With his 3 1/2 percent raise bestowed Saturday by the City Council after his annual job review, Kushlan next year will make $101,522, plus a $3,000 car allowance, for a total of $104,522.
Kushlan said that makes him the second-highest paid city manager in the state, behind only Tacoma City Manager Ray Corpuz.
Corpuz's anticipated salary for 1993 is $112,000. The figure isn't certain yet because the Tacoma City Council is freezing salaries for department heads for the first six months of the new year, then tentatively planning a 3.15 percent raise in July. Corpuz does not receive a car allowance.
Tacoma's director of utilities makes nearly as much as the manager.
Kushlan, 44, who has been with the city nearly eight years, said City Council members told him at his review that they were happy with his fiscal stewardship and "pleased with the general lack of major controversy."
They said he could do a better job with more aggressive public outreach, Kushlan reported, despite the myriad of meetings and gatherings already in place. "They want a better process," Kushlan said. "To get more people to understand what we do, and like it better, I guess."
Kushlan received a half-percent higher raise than did non-union city staff this year, and a half-percent more than he received last year. Previously, in more boom times, Kushlan routinely got 6 percent raises.
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