(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council voted unanimously Monday night to give the city attorney a temporary raise. Maryann Schacht was receiving $7689-per month to provide legal services for the city which will now increase to $11,022-per month. With the recent retirement of a long-time department head, Schact is taking on additional human resource matters and some other responsibilities. Alderman Mick Fischer says he supports the pay raise and credits Schacht for her (quote) “extraordinary legal services.”
Mayor Becky Glewen is hoping to restructure city government by adding the position of full-time City Administrator and reducing the role of mayor from full-time to part-time. Her plan was sidetracked by the unexpected retirement of Director of Administration John Somers in April. There are no plans to hire another Director of Administration. Instead a Finance Director was hired, inheriting all of Somers responsibilities except for personnel matters. Schact’s office is now handling that. Several council members raised concerns over how HR matters were dealt with following Somers departure.
The pay raise is retroactive to June 1 through December 31 of this year. The council will bring the matter back up during budget discussions in the fall.