LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Little Rock Board of Directors is split on a proposal to raise Mayor Mark Stodola's salary by nearly $20,000.
The proposal comes from a state statute indicating that a mayor's salary should be comparable to the highest paid municipal employee with similar duties, but board member Ken Richardson isn't comfortable with the language in the statute.
"At some point in time, are we comparing the mayor's salary to the city manager's salary, or are we comparing it to the airport chief's salary or the CEO of wastewater's salary?" asked the second term member. "I think we need to slow down and take our time and think this through and make sure we're making the best decision, and it's gonna be a sagacious decision at best."
Stodola's current salary tops $160,000, and the proposed raise would put him even with city manager Bruce Moore at nearly $180,000. Board members Stacy Hurst and Lance Hines also told THV 11 they won't support the raise until they know more about the meaning of "comparable" in the statute.
Richardson also believes the board should look at allowing the public to vote on the mayor's raise.
Mayor Stodola did not wish to comment on the situation, with a spokesman telling THV 11 he's refraining from public comments at this time.