Commission gives Doyon favorable review, approves salary increase

City Commissioners conducted their annual evaluation of City Manager Greg Doyon during a Tuesday work session.

The evaluation was conducted in closed session, which is allowable under state law. Afterward, commissioners and Doyon returned to open session to review what was discussed and vote on changes to Doyon’s compensation.

Doyon’s contract was renewed in 2017 for a three-year term, but annual reviews continue.

In December, Doyon interviewed for and was offered the city administrator position in Billings, but ultimately declined the position.

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“We realize we have a talent here and we’d like to keep him,” Mayor Bob Kelly said during Tuesday’s meeting. “We’re glad that you chose to stay.”

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Kelly proposed increasing Doyon’s salary by 3 percent and allowing a 3 percent cost of living adjustment, for a roughly $8,000 increase to his pay, though is contingent on the budget approval this summer.

Commissioners voted 5-0 to approve the increase.

In March 2017, commissioners gave Doyon a favorable review and renewed his contract for three years with a three percent salary increase, which equates to an annual salary of $136,674, and 30 days vacation.

In Doyon’s 2016 review, commissioners approved 10 additional vacation days. In the May 2015 review, commissioners approved a $4,000 salary increase and an additional 10 days vacation for fiscal year 2015-2016 and an additional $4,000 salary increase for the next fiscal year.

In 2014, when the city was dealing with significant cuts to pay off the Electric City Power settlement, Doyon did not receive a salary increase, but instead commissioner approved an additional 80 hours of vacation.