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Raleigh city manager gets 4.75% raise

Posted May 8, 2009
Updated May 20, 2009

— City Manager Russell Allen will get a 4.75 percent raise in the coming year.

The City Council voted in a closed session this week to extend Allen's contract by one year – it now runs through the end of fiscal 2011 – and to boost his annual salary from $210,000 to $220,000.

The move comes as Raleigh faces a nearly $20 million shortfall in its budget.

Allen, who has been city manager since 2001, declined to comment Friday on the raise. He said that his budget proposal to the City Council wouldn't include a property tax increase.

A City Council member told WRAL News that the closed-door discussion about this raise was "lively," but noted that Allen is one of the reasons Raleigh continues to be considered as one of the nation's best places to live and work.


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  • X-Panther May 14, 2009

    I'd like to see what Beverly Perdue and Kay Hagan would say about this. I'd also like to see an investigation on corruption and ethics violations.

  • jwstevens04 May 11, 2009

    Does his job not fall in the category of State Employees? Just curious....disgraceful if he takes this money. He needs to bite the bullet and give up this raise...he makes too much as it is.

  • Seeminglyopposed May 11, 2009

    Now, we have to wait ONE more year to find out that he is a crook as well, and a crook with a raise and connections to the people who are promoting this disgrace, when these times are so tough.

  • time4real May 8, 2009

    i think he should get 20%!

  • ranquick May 8, 2009

    Please explain why he is getting a raise, this is not fair at all

  • time4real May 8, 2009

    you guys are too hard on Allen. He's a genius!

  • FairPlay May 8, 2009

    I think it would be a magnanamous gesture to forgo the raise regardless of contract, while others have to take a cut. Wait until things improve and citizens would appreciate it.

  • rah-rah-rita May 8, 2009

    Excuse me!!!???

  • mustangmo May 8, 2009

    Has anybody seen Allen's job description? I am SURE there were significant duties added!!! Isn't that how Mary Easley's increase was justified???????

  • Mom2two May 8, 2009

    Any decent man worth the pay he is receiving, should, in good faith, refuse the raise as a symbol to those who serve under him, that they are all "in this together."