Council to vote on new contract for Hamilton City Manager

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - Hamilton City Council will vote on Wednesday to amend the contract for City Manager Joshua Smith.

If approved, Smith will receive an increase to his total benefit package "in recognition of the City Manager's excellent performance in the first three years of his service to the City and to encourage his continued service to the City for the next three years," according to the proposed contract amendment. This will be his first salary or benefit increase during his three-plus year tenure in Hamilton.  Smith's base salary is $159,996.

Mayor Pat Moeller said, "At our City Manager's salary level, there are high expectations. The expectations include creating jobs, retaining jobs, revitalizing our Downtown/Main Street areas and our neighborhoods, taking action to stabilize our utility rates for the long term, and handling severe budget issues within our $325 million budget."

While the City of Hamilton is the eleventh largest city in the state of Ohio and second in the tri-state region, its All Funds budget is comparable to that of a city much larger. This is due to the fact that the City of Hamilton is unique in that it owns and operates all four major utilities: electric, gas, water, and wastewater. In effect, Smith is both the CEO of a city government and a utility company.

The majority of Hamilton City leaders have nothing but praise for Smith, who has been recognized among the Forty Under 40 for the region by the Cincinnati Business Courier and the Development Counselors International.

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