Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Jordan to freeze own salary; Dumas' position eliminated
Gary Dumas, Fayetteville director of operations under former mayor of Fayetteville, Arkansas, after December 30, 2008, city meeting.
Dumas booted : Jordan fires Dumas, proposes freezing salaries
BY DUSTIN TRACY Northwest Arkansas Times
Posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan said Monday that he terminated Fayetteville's top paid employee, Gary Dumas, late Friday afternoon in a restructuring to make room for a new chief of staff position.
Dumas was the director of operations under former Mayor Dan Coody.
Jordan told reporters early Friday afternoon that he was undecided about Dumas' future with the city and he planned to review Dumas' job further.
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Jordan to freeze own salary; eliminates Dumas' position
"We restructured the organizational chart of the city, and we did away with that job," Jordan said.
Calls to Dumas for comment were not returned.
The chief of staff position was announced Friday. The individual hired will be in charge of managing all the departments currently managed directly by the mayor, except for the police and fire departments and the library. Jordan said he would take applications and resumes for the job until noon Friday.
"I want to be the first to set the example. I told the folks that were making $80,000 a year that we were possibly going to freeze their salaries," Jordan said. "I'm not going to ask anyone to freeze their salaries until I freeze my own."
He added that he doesn't plan to do the same to nonelected city employees who make $80,000 or more immediately but that he did plan to monitor the city's monthly tax intake and if times get tough, he will make the decision to freeze salaries.
"If they start to drop, I'm going to move, and I'm going to move quick," Jordan said.
The City Council will review Jordan's proposals at its meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in the Fayetteville City Hall.
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