Win­frey

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field’s clerk earns $99,000, over­sees a $1.2 mil­lion bud­get and has 60,000 reg­is­tered vot­ers. In Grand Rapids, the clerk is paid $106,000, a bud­get of about $2.4 mil­lion and 133,786 reg­is­tered vot­ers, ac­cord­ing to Win­frey’s let­ter.

As Detroit clerk, Win­frey over­sees a $13 mil­lion bud­get and about 200 full and part-time em­ploy­ees, 8,000 poll work­ers and 590 vot­ing precincts. Detroit has 469,121 reg­is­tered vot­ers.

In 2015, Win­frey and coun­cil Pres­i­dent Brenda Jones called for a pay boost, cit­ing, in part, vol­un­tary 10 per­cent pay re­duc­tions in 2010.

With the 2015 ad­just­ments, Win­frey and City Coun­cil mem­bers earn $78,761. Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Brenda Jones is paid $82,776.

The 2015 in­creases were ap­proved a few months af­ter the city emerged from the largest mu­nic­i­pal bank­ruptcy in the nation’s his­tory and met op­po­si­tion from some res­i­dents, ac­tivists and re­tirees.

Mayor Mike Dug­gan is paid $166,487 per year. Dug­gan did not ask for an in­crease in 2015 and was not in­cluded in the com­pen­sa­tion panel’s rec­om­men­da­tion.

Alexis Wi­ley, Dug­gan’s chief of staff, con­firmed last week the mayor will not be re­quest­ing an in­crease this year, ei­ther.

Win­frey on Thurs­day noted even with the pre­vi­ous 2.5 per­cent in­crease, it still doesn’t make her whole for the prior 10 per­cent cut.

Prior to 2015, the salaries of Detroit elected of­fi­cials were last in­creased by the com­pen­sa­tion com­mis­sion in 2001-02.

Win­frey is the only city of­fi­cial to sub­mit a for­mal re­quest for ad­di­tional pay.

The com­pen­sa­tion com­mis­sion briefly con­vened Thurs­day, nam­ing Isa­iah McKin­non as its chair­man and Paul No­vak as vice chair­man. The group was set to hold its first meet­ing on Mon­day, but the ses­sion was can­celed be­cause it lacked a quo­rum.

The five-mem­ber group unan­i­mously ap­proved res­o­lu­tions seek­ing in­put from Detroit’s elected lead­ers on salary ad­just­ments, a com­pen­sa­tion anal­y­sis from the city’s Hu­man Re­sources De­part­ment and a re­port on how its ac­tions may bud­get.

“I’m also in­ter­ested in what the salary ad­just­ments for the elected of­fi­cials would look like if they were mov­ing in tan­dem and at the same rate as city em­ploy­ees gen­er­ally,” No­vak said dur­ing the meet­ing, adding “it was an im­por­tant fac­tor the last time.”

Win­frey was elected to her fourth term as clerk on Nov. 7. She re­tained her seat by 1,482 votes in a tight race against chal­lenger, Gar­lin Gilchrist II.

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On Tues­day, a re­count of the city’s elec­tion for clerk be­gan at Cobo Cen­ter — two weeks af­ter Gilchrist an­nounced he was re­quest­ing a re­count of all ab­sen­tee votes in the wake of his nar­row loss. Win­frey re­ceived 50.6 per­cent of the votes to Gilchrist’s 49.1 per­cent.

Gilchrist has said he be­lieves the re­count is nec­es­sary af­ter hear­ing sto­ries of “chaos and con­fu­sion” from ab­sen­tee vot­ers.

Re­count of­fi­cials said late Wed­nes­day about 10 ab­sen­tee precincts were not re­count­able.

Win­frey says there will al­ways be a small amount “be­cause of hu­man er­ror,” but said “the great ma­jor­ity are re­count­able.” Over­all, the elec­tion went well, Win­frey added, and she doesn’t ex­pect any changes in the out­come.

“We are con­tin­u­ously im­prov­ing and the out­come of the re­count is go­ing to re­flect that,” she said.

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