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Tigard city manager's salary restored with raise

Council restores leader to original salary

WineTigard City Manager Marty Wine deserves a raise, according to the City Council, which voted unanimously to give Wine a $10,000 boost in pay.

The raise restores Wine’s salary to what it was when she first took the job in 2012. Six months in, Wine, who previously worked as assistant chief administrative officer in Renton, Wash., gave herself a roughly 7 percent cut in order to keep from making harsher cuts across the city.

“People are losing their jobs, so from an organizational standpoint, I realized what we needed to do,” Wine told The Times in 2012.

The city made $2.5 million in cuts that year, and eliminated about 21 full-time jobs. Tigard Police suffered the biggest hit, losing seven employees.

The pay reduction also eliminated any financial advantage Wine had gained by moving from her previous position in Washington.

At the time, Wine said it was important for her to make as many sacrifices as the rest of the workforce.

“When I first started in Tigard, we were in the middle of one of the worst recessions we’ve ever seen,” Wine said Wednesday. “Many cities were taking steps to reduce services. The economy certainly looks better than it did in 2011 and 2012.”

Ambitions in the coming year are lofty, Wine explained.

One major goal? “Tigard will be the most walkable community in the Pacific Northwest,” she said.

Wine didn’t have much say about the raise, which came as a result of her positive annual performance review. But she does believe the city’s on the up and up.

“(Tuesday) night the council heard a presentation about the initial financial forecast for the 2014-15 budget,” she said. “I would say it looks slightly more positive than it did in the last couple years.”

In the coming year, the city plans to complete its River Terrace Community plan and to introduce bonds to fund its new water partnership with Lake Oswego.

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