Bessinger — who has worked as Ferrysburg's city manager since 2003 — will receive a 2.7 percent pay hike, from $73,575 to $75,562 a year.
He received a 95 percent score from City Council and scored mostly 5s on questions that asked for a ranking from 1 to 5, according to Councilwoman Kathleen Kennedy, who tallied the ratings.
Council praised Bessinger for his longevity with the city, his knowledge of laws and ordinances, and his leadership.
“He makes council's job easy because he comes in so well prepared,” Kennedy said. “He makes himself available 24/7 to this council as well as to the people of Ferrysburg. He's earned his raise.”
Bessinger fulfilled at least one council wish from last year – being more involved in community events. He participated with council members in August's Coast Guard Festival Grand Parade.
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