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Cary administrator receives 7.8 percent salary increase

Kownick: "He now falls in the mid-range of what [a village administrator] should be making."

Published: Monday, June 23, 2014 11:59 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014 10:59 p.m. CST

CARY – Village Administrator Chris Clark is receiving a pay bump.

The Village Board recently approved a 7.83 percent pay increase for Clark bringing his salary to $143,000 a year from $132,613.

Village President Mark Kownick said Clark has helped bring in lots of outside money for projects in the municipality.

He pointed to the Jandus Road Cut-off project, where the street is being realigned to make it easier for trucks when turning onto the road from Route 14.

About 90 percent of the funding for the $1.5 million project is coming from state and federal dollars.

The village also has applied for a Hazard Mitigation Grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help alleviate flooding concerns at Sunset and Crest.

Village officials expect to hear back from FEMA in a month or two. The village is expecting a positive response from the federal agency, Kownick said.

Kownick said Clark has earned the pay increase.

"I firmly believe he deserves it," Kownick said. "Look at the work he puts in and the output is incredible. Just alone the money he has brought into the village. The millions of dollars in grants he has spearheaded himself."

The village also recently completed a study of its salary schedule study for non-unionized employees and found Clark was at the low end of an appropriate salary range, Kownick said.

In the study, the village surveyed Algonquin, Barrington, Crystal Lake, Grayslake, Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Lake Zurich, McHenry, Woodstock and Hoffman Estates when determining a new salary schedule.

"We found out he's being compensated on the lower side," Kownick said. "He now falls in the mid-range of what [a village administrator] should be making."

Clark has been with the village since October 2011 when he replaced as Village Administrator Cameron Davis.

Clark's employment agreement as village administrator runs through the end of April 2017.

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