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PV Town Manager Tarkowski receives positive annual review

PRESCOTT VALLEY - Town Manager Larry Tarkowski received a positive annual review from the Town Council Thursday.

However, a pay raise was not on the table because Tarkowski agreed Sept. 24 to cut his annual salary of $140,504 by 5 percent because of the continuing sour economy.

"I am gratified and appreciative of council's review," Tarkowski said on Friday.

Mayor Harvey Skoog said, "It was a very positive evaluation. (He) exceeds expectations in about every aspect" of the job.

Skoog cited Tarkowski's handling of budgeting, financial management, and employee satisfaction and retention.

Vice Mayor Lora Lee Nye said, "We are just very pleased to have someone with a cool, calm head and innovative thinking. We asked him to stay the course, to stay steady like he has been."

Tarkowski works with a good staff and department heads, while acknowledging a need for improvement, Councilman Harold Wise said.

"He's got a couple of areas he personally wants to improve," Wise said.

Wise cited Tarkowski's commitment to bringing more jobs to Prescott Valley.

A 21-year town employee, Tarkowski became interim town manager in February 2004 after Anthony Mortillaro resigned. He presides over a town government with about 200 employees and a budget of about $92.3 million.

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