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Bernard Notes Council Compensation in Last Meeting

September 13th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

In his final meeting as a council member last week, Seth Bernard moved to tackle the issue of salaries for the city’s elected officials. He noted that the last time the compensation for the mayor and council members was increased was 1981. He requested a vote be taken to order the city’s salary and benefits commission to study the compensation for the elected officials. Council members make $4,800 and the mayor $7,200 annually. Bernard suggested a compensation hike could help attract a younger, more diverse and  more qualified field of candidates. The council voted unanimously to the Citizens Advisory Commission of Salaries and Benefits to evaluate the compensation. Cumberland Mayor Ray Morriss expanded on the issue during an appearance on WCBC’s “Dave Norman Show”…