Kilmarnock council increases member pay

Reporting for duty Kilmarnock police officer Richard Thomas on Monday, March 20, introduced Sean Bowles to town council as the newest member of the Kilmarnock Police Department. From left are Bowles and Thomas. Bowles successfully completed the Police Academy earlier this month. “It’s cool to work and to serve in the place I grew up,” Bowles said. Photo by AnnGardner Eubank
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by AnnGardner Eubank

KILMARNOCK—The Kilmarnock mayor, council and planning commission members will receive a 100% stipend increase beginning July 1.

Administration and finance committee chairman Mike Bedell on Monday, March 20, called on council to adopt a resolution stating council members will receive $200 per regular council meetings regardless of attendance and the mayor will receive $400 per meeting for a total allocation of $19,200.

Council member Les Spivey seconded the motion. Kylie Abbott, Thomas Watson, Curtis Smith, Bedell and Spivey voted in favor of the pay raise; Rebecca Nunn voted against and the motion passed, 5-1.

Commission members will receive $100 each per meeting with no attendance criteria according to the motion, for a maximum annual total of $7,200. The commission does not necessarily meet each month….

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