UPDATED: Crestwood board OKs pay raise for Simpson

Board grants final approval to city's 2017 budget

Kris Simpson

Kris Simpson

By Mike Anthony

The Crestwood Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to approve an ordinance granting a $3,000 salary increase to City Administrator Kris Simpson.

The ordinance, adopted Dec. 13, increases Simpson’s salary to $96,500 from $93,500, effective Jan. 1.

In a separate matter, the Board of Aldermen gave final approval to a 2017 budget for the city that projects a total deficit of $730,880.

The approved budget projects total expenditures of $11,360,881 with anticipated revenues of $10,630,001.

The Crestwood Board of Aldermen was scheduled this week to consider an ordinance approving a $3,000 salary increase for City Administrator Kris Simpson.

Aldermen were set to meet Tuesday night — after the Call went to press.

If the ordinance is approved by aldermen, the city administrator’s salary would increase to $96,500 from $93,500, effective Jan. 1.

Simpson has served as city administrator since Jan. 4. The Board of Aldermen voted unanimously in a Dec. 15, 2015, closed session to hire Simpson.

Under the terms of Simpson’s contract with the city, Mayor Gregg Roby and the Board of Aldermen “shall endeavor to review and evaluate the performance of the city administrator at least once annually in accordance” with the city Charter.

“Such review and evaluation shall be in accordance with specific criteria developed by the city, which may be modified or amended from time to time. Further, the mayor shall provide (the) city administrator with a written summary of the evaluation findings of the city and provide adequate opportunity for (the) city administrator to discuss his evaluation with the mayor and Board of Aldermen,” Simpson’s contract states.

The ordinance proposing to increase Simpson’s salary states city officials have conducted a review of Simpson’s “compensation and performance as city administrator.”

Based on the review, “the Board of Aldermen finds and declares that Mr. Simpson’s annual compensation should be increased from $93,500 to $96,500,” the proposed ordinance states.

Under the proposed ordinance, all other terms of Simpson’s contract with the city shall remain in effect.

In hiring Simpson initially, the board waived the city’s residency requirement for the city administrator, as requested by Roby.

Simpson replaced Mark Sime, who resigned in October 2015 after serving as city administrator since January 2013.

Before coming to Crestwood, Simpson had served as assistant to the city administrator of Maryland Heights since May 2013.

Simpson also worked as an unpaid intern for the city of Chesterfield before being hired there in February 2012 as a management analyst/assistant to the city administrator.

In other business Tuesday night, the Board of Aldermen was scheduled to consider final approval of a 2017 budget for the city that projects a total deficit of $730,880.

On Nov. 22, aldermen voted to approve first readings of four ordinances related to the budget, which projects total expenditures of $11,360,881 with anticipated revenues of $10,630,001.

An ending fund balance of $6,912,600 is projected on Dec. 31, 2017.