“I’m extremely happy the amendment was accepted by council,” Webb said afterward. “It doesn’t matter how you get there, so long as you do the right thing. I felt like I was going to have to vote against the pay ordinance without that.”
Vice mayor Amy Schrimpf said she reconsidered her original opposition to altering pay practices before the city’s voters had their say in November.
District 1 councilman Rob Scott had said he would vote against the overall ordinance if it included a hike for council. “I’m very pleased to see council support something I’m an advocate of.”
Bruce Duke of District 4 said the decision was no indication that the city’s practices have been improper. “The Ohio Ethics Commission has reviewed our policies and deemed them proper.”
The mayor’s proposal includes a request for the city’s personnel and finance committee to study the compensation issue and recommend a change, if needed.
In response to a citizen’s request to make it easier to find information on the city’s website about salaries, Patterson also asked city manager Mark Schwieterman to study how to make those figures more accessible for the public.