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Saugatuck City Manager Kirk Harrier Gets "Glowing" Performance Review & Receives Raise And Extended Contract; City's Non-Contract Employees' Compensation To Be Reviewed

Following an “extensive performance evaluation” that resulted in “glowing reviews,” the Saugatuck City Council at its Monday’s meeting, unanimously renewed the employment agreement with Kirk Harrier to continue to serve as the city manager as he has the over the last 12 years.

“This has been an extensive performance evaluation compared to previous years; we gathered solid information to base our judgment on,” said Saugatuck Mayor Ken Trester about the Harrier review process.

The agreement comes with an annual salary hike from $90,000 to $100,000. Harrier’s salary figure before that was $88,000, which included a car allowance, according to Saugatuck City Treasurer Peter Stanislawski.

Along the same vein, city leaders also made a motion Monday to set up a special an ad hoc committee charged with conducting a wide-ranging review of the city’s non-contract employees’ salary compensation.

“The city is constantly seeking to hire and retain excellent employees and the city council recognizes that the ability to offer competitive compensation forms a critical part of this undertaking,” states a city staff memo.

It is a move that Harrier supports, citing the importance of having high retention when one has a minimal workforce.

“A lot of my success as city manager is related to my staff,” Harrier told the council.

Those appointed to the ad hoc committee include Saugatuck Mayor Ken Trester and Saugatuck City Council Members Jane Verplank and Bill Hess.

For Harrier’s respective evaluation, city leaders met in two separate work sessions to review his performance and discuss ways to retain him for the benefit of the city.

They identified 10 criteria to evaluate Harrier on and ranked the manager’s performance on a scale of one to five. He got an overall score of 4.7.

“You got glowing reviews and you deserve high, high praise,” Saugatuck City Council Member Chris Peterson told Harrier.

“I’ve been very pleased with Kirk; this (renewed employment agreement for an indefinite period of time) retains him for a long time,” said Saugatuck City Council Member Barry Johnson.

“This is a continued quest to retain staff and set the bar high for our community.”

Saugatuck City Manager Kirk Harrier Gets “Glowing” Performance Review & Receives Raise And Extended Contract; City’s Non-Contract Employees’ Compensation To Be Reviewed

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