Joplin city administrators receive a 4% salary raise effective on their next pay check. The decision was approved Tuesday night in a special city council meeting and the city says the raise for council employees is in line with a pay plan adopted last year.
The city currently employs four city administrators. Joplin's city manager makes more than $140,000 and will receive more than $5,000 for his raise.
Despite a mixed reaction from Joplin residents, Joplin Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean says the increase is still lower than the national average salary, but still enough to stay competitive.
"We just want them to know that they are doing a good job," says Mayor Colbert-Kean. "We see that they are doing a good job and you also want to keep it competitive for when someone leaves a position, that you're able to attract talent back to that position."
In addition to the city manager, the city's attorney, clerk and municipal judge will also receive the salary increase.