EDITOR NOTE–The GUARDIAN will offer equal space to the MAyor and/or the Council to respond to this post.
Ada County Highway District Commish Rebecca Arnold has fired another round over the pay hike for Mayor Dave Bieter which she adamently opposes.
Arnold is calling for a performance evaluation by the city council since they are the ones who appropriate the funds for the Mayor’s salary. While the Mayor’s press agent notes the raise was warranted in part because of Whole Foods locating in Boise, Arnold notes the Mayor has a low attendance record at meetings she deems important–like COMPASS, the regional planning association. Her latest letter follows.
Boise Council Members:
Please accept this email as a formal request that the Boise City Council reconsider its adoption of the ordinance increasing the Boise Mayor’s salary and that the Council rescind the salary increase.
I believe the Council may have overlooked any consideration as to whether the mayor’s performance in office was at a level that would warrant such a dramatic increase in salary (I cannot imagine anyone receiving a 20%+ raise without a performance review and should have required a finding that such performance be extraordinary). I can find no reference in any of the Council’s discussion and deliberation to any assessment of the Mayor’s performance. While the Boise City Council does not hire and fire the Mayor, you do have authority over the Mayor’s salary and with that authority comes a responsibility to assure that your approval of our tax dollars for that use is appropriate and warranted by the performance of the person seeking the increase (this responsibility is in addition to your general fiduciary responsibility to use our tax dollars appropriately). Accordingly, prior to your adoption of the ordinance giving the Mayor such an extraordinary increase, you should have undertaken and documented an evaluation of his performance.
As the Boise Mayor’s position is a full time job with a current salary in excess of $91,000 (which is more than most people make), I, as a taxpayer, expect him to show up every day and put in a full day and to fully carry out the duties of his office. Here’s a starting point for your evaluation of his performance: As you are aware, Mayor Bieter, as one of his duties, serves as a board member on the board of COMPASS, an important duty as COMPASS is the two-county metropolitan planning organization that directs the use of several million in federal tax dollars each year. The COMPASS board monthly meetings are on the third Monday of the month and this schedule was set several years ago to avoid scheduling conflicts and to assure that board members had long term notice of the meetings each month in order to maximize attendance. During calendar year 2011 and 2012 to date, Mayor Bieter has attended only 4 of the COMPASS board meetings, which is a dismal attendance record by anyone’s standards. In my opinion Mayor Bieter’s lack of effort to even show up constitutes dereliction of duty and certainly raises the question as to whether he has failed to perform in other areas as well.
Thank you for your consideration.
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