D'Iberville reconsiders pay raises for council, mayor

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Last month, the D'Iberville City Council rescinded its vote to increase their pay. However, Monday, the salary increase once again took center stage.

Rusty Quave has been the mayor of D'Iberville since 1993. It's a part time job that started out at $11,000 a year. Today, Mayor Quave earns $18,000 annually, and wants to raise his income.

If the council approves, the mayor's salary will jump to $28,000 a year. It's a 74 percent increase that some say is too much.

"Now if you want to be like Biloxi and you want to make more money, then let's vote you in. Let's get a referendum and vote you in," said resident Ronnie Clemons.

Clemens said if Mayor Quave wants full time salary, he should be a full-time mayor. About half of the people who attended the workshop agreed. The other half said to just give him the raise.

"Mayor Quave works the most hours for a part time person that I have ever known of," said Andy Balius.

Mayor Quave isn't the only one up for a pay raise. The council's pay could go from $14,000 to $25,000 a year.

City Manager Richard Rose said the rates come from The Stennis Institute of Government. The study gives comparable rates with other municipalities across Mississippi.

"Why are we bickering over two percent or five percent? Let's reward them for the job that they've done," said one resident.

There will be another public workshop on the issue June 22 at 6 p.m.

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