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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/20/14, 7:22 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Carey Davis will make $103 more per month as mayor than his predecessor, a raise required by a city charter formula similar to the one that controversially sets the pay for police and firefighters.

But while the December vote to formally approve raises for most police drew spirited opposition from community members and city officials including Mayor Pat Morris, only a brief exchange between Councilman Robert Jenkins and Morris marked the ratification of the increased mayoral salary.

“They don’t pay you enough,” Jenkins began, as a disclaimer, before noting the contrast between opposition to charter-mandated salary adjustments for public safety and charter-mandated salary adjustments for mayor.

“What’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” Jenkins said.

This increase — effective Jan. 1, meaning it covers two months of his tenure before Davis takes office March 3 — is the first in his eight years as mayor, Morris said, saying it wasn’t comparable to what amount to yearly raises for police and firefighters.

In terms of budget impact, of course, the difference is vast: Mayoral pay is going from $7,450 per month to $7,553.83 per month, a 1 percent increase for one person. Including benefits, Davis’ annual compensation will be $124,991.75.

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