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Hermiston city manager given $6,400 raise

Jade McDowell

East Oregonian

Published on August 31, 2018 7:23PM

Photo courtesy of Byron Smith

Photo courtesy of Byron Smith


Hermiston city manager Byron Smith is meeting or exceeding all expectations of the city council, according to their annual evaluation, and he will receive a raise of $6,400 on Sept. 1.

During Monday’s city council meeting the council met in executive session “for the purpose of discussing matters pertaining to the review and evaluation of employment-related performance of the City Manager.” Afterward the council approved an adjustment to his contract, giving him a base salary increase of $6,400.

Smith was originally hired in August 2014 at $115,000 and has been given a raise after each annual performance review. His salary was listed as $132,330 in a database of city salaries in the fall of 2017.

The city’s pay structure includes six salary steps for each position, which represent a four to five percent salary increase at each step.

The East Oregonian made a public records request for Smith’s evaluation, which shows his composite score on seven categories. City councilors rated each category on a scale of one to five, and Smith scored a four (exceeds expectations) or three (meets expectations) on all categories. Smith’s highest score was a 4.3 for “personal,” which includes ethics and professionalism, and his lowest was a 3.4 for “elected body relations” with the city council and for communication.

In open session Monday Mayor David Drotzmann noted that Smith met or exceeded all of the council’s expectations and had also been given some feedback and goals to work on.

“You have led us down a very positive pathway and I think you will continue to do so,” Drotzmann said.

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Contact Jade McDowell at jmcdowell@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4536.



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