Detroit city clerk makes pitch for $20K raise

Win­frey says ‘grossly un­der­paid’ com­pared to other Mich. clerks

The Detroit News - - Front Page - BY CHRISTINE FER­RETTI The Detroit News

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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