Centerville agrees on new three-year deal with city manager

Centerville City Council has agreed to terms on a new three-year contract that pays its city manager $183,414 a year.

The contract gives City Manager Wayne Davis, hired in June 2017, a 8.5 percent raise, increasing his salary from $169,000 a year.

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The new deal for Davis was unanimously approved and is similar to the one he signed two years ago. The contract will run through August 2022 and includes full benefits as well as an $4,800-a-year car allowance.

Council members discussed the new deal Monday night and felt the contract and raise is consistent with the percentage increase for most other city staff members.

When Davis was hired, city council established several goals it had moving forward which included building relationships with the mayor and council, as well as, being visible and accessible in the community and building relationships with key stakeholders.

Mayor Brooks Compton said it was also important to assess and improve the use of technology in the city and expand professional development for staff.

“We feel he’s done tremendous work. We wanted to create a really solid structure of customer service,” Compton said.

Articulating a vision for the city through a strategic plan and developing the Uptown development strategy, which seeks to improve business and entertainment options in the community have been accomplished by Davis, according to Deputy Mayor Belinda Kenley.

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“The staff that you have built and the power you give them through professional development is astounding,” she told Davis as the contract was approved. “We’re very proud of the staff you’ve attracted and retained and we look forward to working with them for years to come.”

Councilwoman Joanne Rau said her support for Davis is based on the accomplishments made since 2017.

“We have not seen this type of innovation in years. I am so impressed by the progress you and your staff have made,” Rau said.

Davis said he has many responsibilities in the job and developing staff is one of the most important. He said it has been key in the past two years that council has laid out a solid vision to follow with the city’s strategic plan.

“We laid out the city’s first-ever strategic plan in very quick order. I am proud of the core values we have internally in holding ourselves accountable and making sure we are consistent with how we deliver service to our customers,” Davis said. “Our goal is to facilitate and educate our citizens, our businesses, our visitors and our institutions who call Centerville home or who want to visit us here.”

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