Richard Rose will receive an 11 percent increase in salary when starts his role as Clayton’s new city manager on March 1.
He will be the second city manager for the city that was established in 1999 after the merger of the village of Clayton and Randolph Twp. The first City Manager David Rowlands was hired in 2001. Rose, who has been the city’s director of public safety for 10 years, has been acting as interim city manager since Rowlands left the city in August for a similar position in his home state of California.
Clayton city councilmembers recently approved a two-year contract for Rose, which specified his first year’s salary will be $106,500, he said.
His second year salary includes some performance stipulations and does not have pension pick-ups or deferred compensation contributions as part of the new contract, he added.
Rowlands’s salary was $121,099.94 when he resigned.
Rose said his salary did not increase when he became the interim city manager, but said there was a contribution of 4.5 percent to his personal retirement account fund.
“This equaled to $174.40 per month for each month that I was acting city manager,” he said.
As the director of public safety, Rose is the immediate supervisor of police and fire personnel. He said he plans to formally approach city council in April with the idea of eliminating his director’s job and replacing it with a police and fire chief positions. It’s a change that Rose and Clayton Mayor Joyce Deitering said could save the city up to $170,000 this year.
Rose said his plan, if approved by council, would be to make Assistant Fire Chief Brian Garver, chief of the fire division and have current police Lieutenant Matt Hamlin be chief of the police department.
“They’re both doing excellent work,” Rose said. “I do believe they are very qualified to move into the positions of chiefs.”
The next city council meeting is 7:30 p.m. on March 6 at the city’s Government Center, 6996 Taywood Road.