Kuckkahn receives salary hike under new contract

Scottsbluff Mayor Randy Meininger says City Manager Rick Kuckkahn will get an increase in salary at for the first time in more than six years. The city council Monday night extended Kuckkahn's current contract through September 30th, the end of this fiscal year. But on October 1st, his salary will be increased to $104,040 from the current rate of 93,584.

Meininger says a wage analysis study of the city manager's position showed an adjustment needed to be made. The close to twelve percent hike brings Kuckkahn's salary to the mid-range of city managers in similar sized communities in Nebraska. Meininger emphasized Kuckkahn's salary was frozen for three years recently because of a glitch in his retirement plan that provided him more money than he should have received.

Meininger says the new contract also placed goals for Kuckkahn in three priority area.....updating the city's comprehensive plan, mentoring the new hires at the city planner and assistant city manager positions, and working with private groups to enhance the city's business community.

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