HILLVIEW – Councilmembers may opt to make the mayor’s seat a full-time position when the next term begins in January 2015.
But, in reality, all they can do is change the rate of compensation.
Citing the size of the city and the amount of work which must be done, councilmembers talked in March about the need to make the mayor’s position a full-time office.
However, city attorney Mark Edison said that while they may want the next person to work full-time hours, there is no way they can regulate how many hours that person might work.
Edison said the council couldn’t mandate the mayor to do anything as it is an elected office.
It is the same situation where the mayor can’t require councilmembers to perform any mandated duties. And there is no requirement that they work any set number of hours for their monthly pay.
There are provisions to allow the council to impeach a mayor but it must be a unanimous vote.
It has been years since the mayor and council salaries had been raised in Hillview.
When he brought up the subject in March, councilman Randall Hill felt the city was busy enough to warrant a full-time mayor with the appropriate compensation. He felt things might go smoother if there was a mayor in the office every day to supervise the operations.
There was no talk of compensation level. The mayor currently makes just over $9,000 annually.
Current mayor Jim Eadens said he knows the job is a full-time one. However, with the current level of pay, few people would be able to do it full-time.
He spends a lot of time in the office and throughout the city every week. And Eadens said he might be interested in running again if the compensation was increased.
Hill said he thought Eadens was doing a good job. His interest is getting the pay at a level to allow the mayor to be in the office more every day.
While there would be no way to guarantee how many hours a mayor would be in the office, Eadens didn’t think it would be a problem.
He said the voters would ultimately decide at the polls after the four-year term is over.
If the city is going to increase any of the salary levels of elected officials, it must be done this year.
Hillview recently went to a non-partisan form of election and filing deadlines would be next August for both the council and the mayor.
No decision was made on the salary change.
The cities of Shepherdsville and Mount Washington have raised compensation over the years to have a full-time mayor. Prior to that, both municipalities experienced with city managers but then opted to increase the pay for the mayor’s position.