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Deputy Law Director Position Approved By Mansfield Council

Story By: Brigitte Coles



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  Original Published: 12/4/2013

Mansfield City Council has approved a change in the law director's office. Council uniamoulsy approved legislation Tuesday night to allow Law Director John Spon to hire a new deputy law director. Initially council was dramatically split on the legislation which included a salary range of $40,000 to $70,000 for the deputy law director position. Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees told council the request was not fair because several city employees have not had a raise in the last eight years.  Council went into closed session and voted 8-0 to amend the proposal and accept the position.  "I think we did the right thing. We had a compromise," Cliff Mears, Councilman At-Large said. "We amended the legislation and we passed it in a financially responsible form. Council worked together and did the right thing," Mears said. Council agreed to a salary of $60,000 for the deputy law director.  "It's been almost eight years since employees of the city of Mansfield had an increase. I received so many calls over this one piece of legislation. We don't want anyone to think there were increases being handed out," First Ward councilman Mike Hill said.  "We're starting to see the light of day financially. I think as long as we can hold on just a little bit longer down the road there will be raises for everybody. We're going to do the best we can for all the employees," Hill said. Council also agreed to keep the office manager position for the law director's office. The position will remain at the current salary of $47, 250. Spon had requested a pay increase of $60,0000 for the position.  "I'm grateful council amended it to allow my office to establish the position of deputy law director. Similar positions exist in cities in law directors offices all across Ohio," law director John Spon said.  Spon said the deputy law director will handle any issues if he's absent or ill.

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