Ferrysburg leader reduces raise

City Manager Craig Bessinger scored high in his recent evaluation, but declined to accept the full pay raise that City Council recommended for him.
Marie Havenga
Oct 15, 2013

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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Comments

newspaperlawyer

My hats off to this manager.. I would like to see others in the tri cities area follow suit... When most employers are not giving out raises. Maybe to get better marks in zoning enforcement, they are paying for a police department who certainly could investigate those violations.

TooMuch

And they certainly would if requested. You are very suspect with your innuendo and slights toward the police department.

Congratulations Mr. Bessinger.

christopher

This guy deserves a pat on the back. GREAT job. This is a selfless act and should be commended. Thank you Mr. Bessinger for showing true commitment to your employees and your community. I wish we would see the same from other governmental leaders.

christopher

This guy deserves a pat on the back. GREAT job. This is a selfless act and should be commended. Thank you Mr. Bessinger for showing true commitment to your employees and your community. I wish we would see the same from other governmental leaders.

LakerAlum87

It is a nice gesture and if I was his co-worker I would appreciate him doing this but in hindsight we are only talking about $377.86 of a savings. We need more of these types of people to do this or find additional ways to save money so it makes an impact instead of the council woman stating, "If it was me, I'd take the full 3 percent."

theQuin

I agree, LakerAlum87 - with both statements. Mr. B is building real solidarity with his co-workers, as well as showing his dedication to the city. Too bad, Ms. Kennedy does not see things the same way!

christopher

You are right @LakerAlum87 . . . it is a relatively small amount of money, but I really, really do like the gesture.

polarize

This is a selfless act. The savings could probably pay the city offices electric bill for one month so it is impacting and commendable. As for code enforcement...there are worse things to worry about unless it is serious I suppose.

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