The next Destin city manager could be getting a pay raise, as city officials hope a higher salary will attract the kind of candidate they're looking for.
Destin City Council members and city officials met for a city budget workshop on Monday evening. In addition to going over the proposed budget for the 2019 fiscal year, the issue of a new city manager came up yet again.
Currently, the proposed salary for the city manager position is $131,729.
Councilman Chatham Morgan said that’s not enough to attract the type of talent the city needs.
“We’ve had some very big challenges that we’ve had a hard time fixing for a long time now,” he said. “So I think it might take somebody of perhaps a skill set that we might not have had here at city hall before to handle these problems and have some staying power.”
Councilman Rodney Braden agreed and said the city will get what it pays for and if they don’t do something, they’re going to keep getting the “has-beens and wanna-bes” they’ve been getting.
“We got a lot more politics and a lot more corruption in this little bitty town and we got to have somebody that can deal with it and knows how to handle it,” Braden said.
He suggested setting the city manager's salary at $180,000, but Councilman Tuffy Dixon was worried that having a city manager make so much more than the other employees will create problems down the road. Dixon suggested a range of $140,000-$170,000.
Morgan brought up a survey done by the Florida League of Cities and suggested the council take a look at what a city of Destin’s size pays a city manager, and then make a decision from there. The council decided to make a decision regarding the city manager’s salary in their next meeting meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 20.