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Davenport city council considers new employment agreement for interim city administrator


The Davenport City Council will vote this week on a new agreement with interim city administrator Mallory Merritt.

Mayor Mike Matson appointed Merritt to the position by executive order in November, replacing Corri Spiegel. Merritt was the assistant city administrator and chief financial officer.

During the last meeting, the council voted to ratify her appointment, but did not approve an agreement that included a $50,000 bonus.

Under the new agreement, her base salary of around $174,000 would be increased by 2.5% retroactive to January. And she'd be paid the difference to match the amount of money that the former city administrator made. That comes out to around $37,000 retroactive to November, and around $6,000 per month starting next month.

If the agreement is approved, she'll serve as interim city administrator until the end of September, unless the city appoints someone new before then. The mayor or any two members of the council could initiate a resolution to terminate Merritt. The resolution would then need a two-thirds majority vote to pass.

That's a change from the old agreement, which would've required unanimous approval of the mayor, mayor pro-tem and council chairs.

The Davenport City Council will vote on the agreement Wednesday night.

Rachel graduated from Michigan State University's J-School and has a background in broadcast and environmental journalism. Before WVIK, she worked for WKAR Public Media, Great Lakes Now, and more. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat.

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