Tuesday, November 29, 2022

6.2 Percent Salary Increase: The New Participation Trophy

What makes a great athlete or coach? One who has a natural ability to lead, to play fairly, and to win graciously. Back in the day, teams that won received all the accolades and the trophies, but times have changed. Now we reward mediocrity; everyone is a winner and everyone receives their participation trophy at the end of the season regardless of performance.


In January, our current City Manager, Joe Sbranti, signed a three-year contract extension with a salary increase. His salary for 2014-2015 was $225,000. His new salary will be $239,000. We have rewarded an ordinary effort and he’ll be batting for us for the next three years.


Apparently, those same principles of mediocrity in sports also apply to running a city. Our crime is on the rise, business development is stagnant, and our quality of living is falling fast. Does a City Manager only have to go through the motions and play the game in order to be given his “atta boy” at performance review time?


Instead of giving him a participation trophy in the form of a 6.2% raise, he should have been demoted to waterboy.



~ Robin Hood