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Batavia aldermen reappoint Newman, staff

Salaries listed for city department heads

Batavia City Administrator Laura Newman
Batavia City Administrator Laura Newman

BATAVIA – The Batavia City Council has given a vote of confidence to City Administrator Laura Newman and her municipal management team.

Aldermen approved the annual reappointment of Newman and all city department heads at the May 6 council meeting.

The entire slate of the city’s top staffers was accepted on a single omnibus vote with virtually no discussion, indicating the council’s satisfaction both with the day-to-day operations and strategic direction of the city government.

Newman, who was hired as city administrator in July of 2016, receives $176,743.36 in salary per year, plus a $6,000 per year automobile allowance.

Here is the list of city department heads and their annual salaries:

Finance Director Peggy Colby: $166,358.

Public Works Director Gary Holm: $166,358.

Police Chief Dan Eul: $159,194.

Fire Chief Randy Deicke: $152,339.

Community Development Director Scott Buening: $139,500.

City Engineer Rahat Bari: $133,493.

Human Resources Director Wendy Bednarek: $133,493.

Information Systems Director Howard Chason: $127,744.

Street Department Superintendent Bill Kellum: $127,744

Public Properties and Services Superintendent Scott Haines: $127,744

Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent Byron Ritchason: $122,245.

Water Department Superintendent Jeremy Barkei: $115,871.

In addition, the council reappointed Emergency Services and Disaster Agency Manager Mark Davis, who is paid on a per-month basis of $850, totaling $10,200 per year.

The council further reappointed Kevin Drendel as the city attorney.

The city has a contract with the Drendel & Jansons Law Group of Batavia to provide legal services, which include drawing up annexation agreements and city contracts, drafting ordinances and providing counsel.

While Drendel officially holds the title as city attorney, in practice the role often is filled by attorney Roman Seckel of Drendel & Jansons, serving as legal counsel during council and committee meetings.

The law firm bills the city at an hourly rate of $190. For the calendar year of 2018, the firm billed the city $95,324.28.

In addition, the firm handles prosecutions for the city, at a flat rate of $2,400 per month. For the first month of 2018, the firm was billing the city at a rate of $1,900 per month. The total billing for 2018 therefore was $28,300.

The city’s elected officials also receive pay.

Mayor Jeff Schielke is paid $31,260 per year, while City Clerk Ellen Posledni receives $7,370 annually.

Each of the 14 aldermen receives a per diem of $200 for each full council meeting attended. They are not paid for attending committee meetings.

The full council meets the first and third Monday of each month. Assuming a council member attends all 24 regular meetings and that no special meetings are called, that alderman would receive $4,800 in a year.

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