Steve Powers will make $145K as Ann Arbor's next city administrator
Steve Powers has accepted a job offer to become Ann Arbor's next city administrator, members of the city's negotiations team confirmed today.
Powers, who currently makes $88,250 as the county administrator in Marquette County, will have a starting base salary of $145,000 in Ann Arbor, city officials said. That's at the low end of the $145,000 to $150,000 range city officials identified going into negotiations.
Powers' tentative start date is Sept. 15.
Roger Fraser, who served as Ann Arbor's administrator for more than nine years, earned a base salary of a little more than $145,000 a year before resigning in April.
However, due to cash perks he received, Fraser's pay was closer to $160,000 some years.
Sources say Powers will not be provided a car allowance, a perk enjoyed by Fraser, and it's also expected Powers will not be getting as good of a deal as Fraser on his pension.
However, the contract with Powers is expected to include provisions for a city-provided cell phone, as well as moving and relocation expenses for temporary housing for up to six months.
Powers, who was offered the job on July 18, could not be reached for comment.
"It was nice we were able to quickly work out a contract with our next city administrator and I'm excited about getting him in town and having him get started," said Mayor John Hieftje, giving credit to CFO Tom Crawford for filling in as city administrator in the interim. "Tom Crawford did an excellent job filling in and I don't think the city missed a beat."
The City Council meets at 7 p.m. Thursday instead of Monday this week due to Tuesday's primary election.
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