Knightdale Town Manager’s contract amended as salaries freeze

mhankerson@newsobserver.comJune 10, 2014 

— At the same meeting Councilors OKd freezing some employees’ salaries, Knightdale Town Manager Seth Lawless’s contract was amended to include a $500 monthly vehicle allowance, an annual increase of $2,400.

Knightdale previously gave Lawless $300 a month for any traveling in his personal vehicle on town business. The money is given to Lawless up front; he does not have to log mileage or other receipts.

The change was made to try to get Lawless’s benefits and compensation on par with some of the towns Knightdale uses for salary comparisons.

Lawless makes $113,877 a year, less than most of the managers in the towns Knightdale uses for salary studies and comparisons.

In Fuquay-Varina, Town Manager Adam Mitchell, makes $130,000, a figure expected to increase to $135,000 after six months of employment.

His travel allowance is $750 a month.

And in Morrisville, Town Manager Martha Wheelock’s contract calls for a starting salary of $135,000. Morrisville also grants her $5,000 annually for travel, which ia about $416 a month.

In addition to a higher salary, Mitchell’s contract includes a one-time payment of $5,000 for relocting from Ayden, N.C. His contract also included a $1,000 housing stipend for six months for after his move.

Like Mitchell’s contract, Lawless and Wheelock’s contracts allow for the town to absorb other costs associated with being Town Manager.

All of the managers’ contracts allow for them to join professional organizations related to their position as well as subscriptions to other resources.

Knightdale covers three organizations for Lawless: the North Carolina City County Manager’s Association, Appalachian State Local Government Alumni Association and the International City Managers Association, which is also his credentialing agency.

The cost associated with these is $1,450 for the upcoming budget year.

Lawless is not among the town employees who will be ineligbile for a salary increase.

Hankerson: 919-829-4826; Twitter: @easternwakenews

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