Board OKs raise for administrator

Mary T. Price

Mary T. Price

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders gave the local government chief a pay raise Tuesday.

Not every member of the Board of Supervisors supported a move to increase County Administrator Mary Beth Price’s salary by $3,000. The board voted 4-2 on the motion after discussing Price’s annual review in closed session.

The raise increases Price’s salary from $123,000 to $126,000.

Chairman David Ferguson, Vice Chairman Conrad Helsley and Supervisors Steve Baker and John R. “Dick” Neese voted in favor of the increase. Supervisors Cindy Bailey and Marsha Shruntz voted against it.

Helsley noted that the raise falls in line with the salary increase county employees received in the current budget approved in the spring. The budget calls for employees to receive a 2.5-percent salary increase this fiscal year. Price’s raise of $3,000 is slightly less than 2.5 percent.

Since taking office in January 2014, Bailey and Shruntz have generally opposed salary increases for any employees. The supervisors have voted against budgets that give raises for county workers, including the spending plan approved this past spring.

The board approved Price’s contract effective in August 2013 that set her salary at $118,000. Price received favorable performance reviews at six months and 12 months. Per the contract, Price received salary increases of $2,500 with each favorable review. The contract calls for Price to undergo annual reviews.

Price, hired by the board in 2013 to replace County Administrator Douglas Walker, remains one of the lower paid administrators in the region. Price oversees a government that employs more than 380 people in full-time, part-time and seasonal positions.

The Warren County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to extend County Administrator Douglas Stanley’s employment for five years. The agreement calls for Stanley to receive a salary of $140,601, a motor vehicle, reimbursement for cell phone use, a 2 percent deferred income contribution and a 12-month severance for termination. Stanley oversees a government with 194 full-time employees as well as 95 part-time and 28 seasonal workers.

Joseph S. Paxton, county administrator for Rockingham County, receives a salary of $150,698 per his annual contract. Paxton also is eligible for the same fringe benefits available to all Rockingham County employees. He receives $24,000 in deferred compensation and a vehicle allowance. The county employs 800 full- and part-time workers.

John W. McCarthy, county administrator for Rappahannock County, earns a salary of $160,000.

Brenda Garton, county administrator for Frederick County, receives a salary of $180,000 and the same benefits available to all employees.

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