Dozens of Albuquerque administrators received double raises

New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Dozens of administrators for the city of Albuquerque received double raises this year that officials say was needed to attract and keep skilled leaders.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Wednesday that nearly 50 employees including department chiefs and directors got raises in March and then were included in the 2% pay increase given to thousands of city workers earlier this month.

The March raises for the high-ranking employees averaged 6.2%, bumping the group’s average annual salary to nearly $119,000.

Mayor Tim Keller’s administration says the salaries of top administrators are still below other regional markets and comparable state government jobs.

City Councilor Trudy Jones says the raises are “disgraceful,” citing the growing disparity between those in the top jobs and those at the lower end of the city pay scale.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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