A week after our city’s elected officials voted to give City Manager Tommy Gonzalez and City Attorney Karla Nieman merit raises, Mayor Dee Margo is publicly suggesting that they should refuse them.
The mayor said he told Gonzalez and Nieman during their June 24 evaluations that they should either decline their pay increase or defer it to the next fiscal year. However, he has not had additional conversations about the raises since then.
Wow, that’s weird. Here’s what he said when the raises were announced last week, via the El Paso Times:
The annual merit raises come amid budget cuts and ongoing employee furloughs. Margo said Monday Gonzalez accepted the raise but will give it to local charities assisting with coronavirus relief efforts. The mayor said he has not discussed with Nieman whether she will accept the raise.
So is Mr. Gonzalez going to accept the raise, but give it to local charities? Or did Mayor Margo advise him and Ms. Nieman to decline the pay raises?
What do you think about Mayor Margo publicly shaming the City’s two highest paid employees? Political theater, perhaps?
Couldn’t Mayor Margo have had the discussion with the City Manager in private? The mayor’s going to look bad if the City Manager and City Attorney accept the raises after the mayor made it public.
Maybe Mayor Margo could have communicated with Mr. Gonzalez via their private email accounts. The Mayor could have gotten Mr. Gonzalez’ private email address from Don Pablo, if he doesn’t already have it.
Do you think, perhaps, that Mr. Gonzalez and Ms. Nieman will decline their raises before they hit their paychecks and give the mayor some leadership credibility? He really needs some leadership credibility.