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Carlsbad City Council Approves Raise for City Attorney

While other city employees are on a pay freeze, Ron Ball will get a seven percent increase to his six figure salary.

The City Council recently approved a seven percent raise for City Attorney Ron Ball.

The raise, which was approved by a 4-1 vote at Tuesday's regular meeting, will boost Ball's base salary to $252,992.

"I am always an advocate of making sure our employees are compensated so we don’t lose people," said Councilman Keith Blackburn. "I think it’s important we retain the best city attorney we can."

Ball thanked the Council for its vote and told Patch, "My salary was frozen for a long time—four years. But I was not considering another job. I love my job."

Councilwoman Farrah Douglas casted the lone vote citing last July's pay freeze for other city employees.

"I felt we should be consistent, we're not giving raises to others," she said. "I have respect for him and his performance. But we are all in this together. The City Council has not had a raise in four to five year either."

The vote comes after it was made public that . However, it was not up to the Council to vote on because it was part of her existing contract.

Hoa Quách March 29, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I was told once that real leaders take the cuts first. But what does everyone else think? Is it appropriate to give the city manager and city attorney raises?
Lisa K. March 29, 2012 at 04:02 PM
While on topic, how about updating us on City Attorney's and City Manager's pension package?
Eileen Monarez March 29, 2012 at 04:08 PM
No. I agree with Councilwoman Farrah Douglas. Other city employees are not getting a raise so I don't feel that's right. Should be the same for all city employees.
diane March 29, 2012 at 04:56 PM
I am a Carlsbad resident and think the City Council should rethink their position. Good for you Farrah for standing alone on this sesitive issue. I'm sure the City Attorney deserves the raise but so do others that are paid far less than him. There is NO inflation to justify this amount. I am so tired of the crutch everyone uses. " We need to make sure they don't go elsewhere"!!!! Give me a break!!! What makes you think he could have even received a better offer. Everyone is cutting costs. I wonder what the Teachers are thinking that have their income or even their JOB CUT!!!! BAD CHOICE......2% and you would not have heard a word about it. Very Disapointed

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