Detroit city clerk makes pitch for $20K raise
Winfrey says ‘grossly underpaid’ compared to other Mich. clerks
Detroit — Fresh off a narrow win in November, City Clerk Janice Winfrey is making her case for a $20,000 pay raise.
Winfrey made the pitch for more pay in writing Monday to a compensation panel that’s convening to evaluate the salaries of the Detroit’s elected leaders.
In her letter, Winfrey urged the Detroit Elected Officials Compensation Commission to consider boosting her $78,761 annual salary to one that’s in line with other Michigan clerks in similar size cities that earn more than she does yet oversee smaller budgets.
“As you consider whether to raise the compensation of Detroit’s elected officials, I implore you to consider the progress I have made ... and the added responsibility associated with operating the largest and most complex City Clerk operation in the state of Michigan,” Winfrey wrote.
The commission, which meets in odd years, last recommended a pay hike for Detroit’s City Council in 2015 as well as a bump for the clerk of 2.5 percent for fiscal year 2016-17. The commission met Thursday for the first time in 2017, but did not discuss Winfrey’s request.
Winfrey told The Detroit News late Thursday that her salary pales next to other Michigan clerks, yet “I have the bulk of the responsibility.”
“I’m not asking for anything excessive. I’m just asking for a fair rate,” she told The News. “I’ve always advocated for fairness in the job. It’s not about me. It’s about the position.”
Within her letter, Winfrey cites a recent compensation survey of comparably sized cities with smaller, less complex clerk operations. The data, she wrote, reveals that Detroit’s clerk is “grossly underpaid.”
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