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Des Plaines Council Gives City Manager 2.75% Pay Increase

Desplaines, IL #des-plaines-il – Des Plaines City Manager Mike Bartholomew was given a 2.75% raise in his base salary at Tuesday night’s (Sept. 8) city council meeting bringing his total annual compensation to $231,187.

Last year, council members gave Bartholomew a 10% increase in base pay because of his role as general contractor of the restoration of the downtown Des Plaines Theater and to bring him in line with what most managers in the area are paid. 

His base salary before Tuesday night’s vote was $225,000. Of the seven aldermen in attendance, only Ald. Andrew Goczkowski (8th) voted “no”. He said that while he believes Bartholomew is doing a good job, he has reservations about granting a pay increase during a time people are struggling with economic issues and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city and Bartholomew work off a contract that is reviewed, along with his previous year’s job performance, around March every year. Usually, aldermen and the manager set goals for the upcoming 12 months and if they are attained, that progress weighs in on any salary increase.

Unlike many suburban managers, Bartholomew does not receive a car or car allowance, a city telephone nor contributions to an individual retirement account. His contract does call for him to receive what other city employees are given like health and dental insurance, paid holidays and a $100,000 term life insurance policy that expires when he leaves city employment.