Naperville’s City Council discussed what the compensation should be for future mayors at their most recent workshop.
Currently, the mayor is paid a $25,000 annual salary with $5,000 of that for being liquor commissioner.
Because Mayor Pradel said he wouldn’t run again for a sixth term, Councilman Fieseler said by not increasing the salary, it will limit the type of candidates that will run next April.
“These are people who have already hit their stride and made what they think they need for their families and are now in the twilight of that particular career,” said Fieseler.
But, with Naperville’s strong city manager form of government, the position of mayor is technically a part-time job, despite the hours Mayor Pradel puts in now.
“The mayor makes a point to work a zillion hours, but that doesn’t mean the next guy will. It’s a part time job, not a full time job. It’s what you [want to] make of it,” said Councilman Paul Hinterlong.
“Everyone runs the office a different way. And whoever becomes the next mayor, for the next four years is going to hear ‘you’re not like George,’” said Councilman Doug Krause. “Because no one is going to be able to do half of what you’ve done.”
The majority agreed to leave the mayoral base salary where it is with stipends rolled in for cellphone and Internet. The council will formally vote on that at a future meeting.
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