CINCINNATI — Several members of Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory's staff were recently given pay raises even as city officials continue to discuss possible job cuts as a way to close a budget gap.
Director of public affairs Jason Barron confirmed to 9 On Your Side Wednesday evening that director of international affairs Arlen Herrell and director of community affairs Shawn Butler each received raises. Barron said he received a pay increase as well.
The pay increases total approximately $29,000 a year.
Herrell's salary jumped from $60,231 to $72,500 a year. Butler's pay increased 10 percent, going from $67,760 to $75,000.
Barron, whose salary increased approximately 17 percent from $62,740 to $72,500, said the raises are partially a byproduct of Ryan Adcock's decision to resign as director of legislative affairs and Mayor Mallory's decision not to replace him.
In addition to providing a portion of the funding for the raises through payroll savings, the decisions forced several members of the mayor's staff to take on additional work responsibilities, according to Barron.
Adcock was scheduled to earn $72,500 this year after making $62,740 the last year.
While the pay increases might seem questionable to some, Barron insists the moves will still save the city around $53,000 between the end of the fiscal year on June 21 and next year.
Barron also said that the mayor's office will save $13,000 from Adcock's salary that will not be spent.
The city could lay off up to 344 city employees in June to help close a $35 million budget deficit.