Luther gets high marks, pay raise

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BELOIT - Beloit City Manager Lori Curtis Luther once again received high marks from the Beloit City Council in her most recent evaluation that was finalized Monday evening.

Councilors scored Luther's performance at an average of 4.6 out of a possible top score of 5, noting that her performance "exceeds expectations," according to the records.

Categories for review included topics such as council relationships, fiscal decision making, implementation of city policy, communication and community relations. In all categories, Luther did not score lower than an average of 4.1, according to the scale.

Councilors gave reviews anonymously, with criticisms including issues with staff compiling documents for council consumption and during meetings with councilors.

"Several votes have been messy in the last six months due to a break-down in the decision making process. Some of the confusion appears to come from staff's legal concerns which are not always articulated clearly prior to the committee meeting which stifles councilors' decision-making process," one councilor wrote under the city council relationships section of the evaluation. "Councilors should also do a better job about reading their packet and contacting staff about questions before the meeting."

"I do not always have Lori's full attention when we meet," according to a comment listed under the communication section of the evaluation.

With the review final, councilors approved a 2 percent cost of living increase in base pay, in line with an increase given to non-union city staff that started in January.

Luther was paid $167,687 starting in 2018 following a scheduled raise approved by council last April, with Monday's approval boosting her base pay to $171,040.

The amendment also includes an annual vehicle allowance of $3,600, with payments to begin next month, along with a total of 25 vacation days on the same implementation schedule as non-union employees.

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