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5:43 PM Fri, Nov. 16th

Prescott council gives raises to city manager, attorney

PRESCOTT ­ The Prescott City Council recently approved two raises and a deferred compensation award to its top two officials that amounted to nearly $20,000 per year.

After conducting closed-door reviews of City Manager Steve Norwood and City Attorney John Moffitt this past Tuesday, the council approved a raise of about $6,000 for Moffitt, and a $7,000 raise for Norwood.

The council also agreed to pay an additional 5 percent to Norwood's deferred compensation fund, a retirement account that is separate from the state retirement program.

Under the new salaries, Norwood, who had been earning a base salary of $136,000 per year, now will earn $143,000.

Moffitt, who had been earning a base of about $125,000, now has an annual salary of about $131,000.

Those raises are in addition to the 3-percent cost-of-living increase that all city employees, including Moffitt and Norwood, received this past summer after the council approved the 2005/06 budget.

Mayor Rowle Simmons said the reviews for both city officials were "very, very positive."

"When it comes to John Moffitt, he has been a long-time attorney with the city, and he's really been innovative," Simmons said. "He's been a first-rate city attorney."

Moffitt plans to retire from his job in April, but Simmons said the council's decision on salary "had nothing to do with the fact that he's retiring."

Simmons added that Norwood "continues to surpass our expectations." He added: "We're pleased with a number of personnel things he has done; he's brought in some good people."