Meridian Star

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November 22, 2009

Top 5 City Earners

Salaries obtained from FOI request


The second highest salary is that of Community Development Director Don Farrar, who, like Skipper, has been with the city for a long time and has a large number of responsibilities. As director of the community development department, Farrar oversees the economic, cultural, and physical development of the city. Among other things, Farrar is in charge of buildings and inspection, cultural affairs, and planning - which includes everything from land use and zoning to historic preservation and neighborhood improvement.

    Monty Jackson, with the third highest salary, is the city's public works director. He has been working for the city for well over a decade, and, like Skipper and Farrar, has a large load of responsibilities. As director of public works Jackson oversees the city's water supply and wastewater treatment, streets and traffic signals, and garbage disposal, among other things. The public works department is also in charge of Bonita Lakes because it is considered part of the city's water supply. Large contracted public works projects, such as the current 22nd Ave. bridge renovation, also fall under Jackson's supervision.

    The fourth highest salary is that of Meridian's Chief Administrative Officer, Mark McDonald. McDonald was appointed when Mayor Cheri Barry took office earlier this year. As CAO, McDonald oversees the day-to-day operations of every city department. He is in effect the city's manager.

    One of McDonald's chief responsibilities is to make sure all the city departments are functioning in harmony, looking out for problems like duplication of services. He directs the operations of all city departments and assigns work to those departments.

    Other responsibilities include working with the finance director to create a city budget, serving as the mayor's Chief of Staff, representing the city on base closure issues, serving as a liaison to other branches of government, and taking calls from concerned citizens.

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