After scoring 97 out of 100 points, as ranked by City Council members, a 3 percent pay hike for Bessinger was suggested. But Bessinger said he would only accept 2.5 percent because that is what other city employees are receiving.
“If it was me, I'd take the full 3 percent,” said Councilwoman Kathleen Kennedy, who also serves on the manager evaluation committee. “But he said no, he's only going to take what the rest of the employees get.”
Bessinger, who has served as Ferrysburg's city manager since 2003, will see a pay increase from $75,562 to $77,451, retroactive to July 1, the beginning of the city's fiscal year.
Bessinger scored highest in dependability, communication, and knowledge of city business and laws, according to Kennedy. He scored lowest in zoning ordinance enforcement and follow-through.
“We're just really fortunate to have him,” Kennedy said. “He prepares well for City Council meetings and makes our job easier. He has genuine interest in the city and great involvement with community activities and events. You see him everywhere.”
Mayor Dan Ruiter said Bessinger also scored high in finance and budget issues.
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