Jul 21, 2021 - Politics
Des Moines approves pay bumps for 3 city officials
Three headshots of Des Moines city manager Scott Sanders, city clerk Kay Cmelik and city attorney Jeff Lester.
(L to R) Scott Sanders, Kay Cmelik and Jeff Lester. Photos courtesy of the city of Des Moines

Des Moines City Council approved raises and performance bonuses for three top officials this week.

  • Since we're talking taxpayer money, here's the breakdown:

Scott Sanders, city manager

  • 4% raise (+$10,934), now $284,268 a year
  • $5K bonus
  • A week of extra vacation (He now has three weeks total)

Jeff Lester, city attorney

  • 3.5% raise (+$7,532), now $222,720 a year
  • $3K bonus

Kay Cmelik, city clerk

  • 3.5% raise (+$4,116), now $121,713 a year
  • $3K bonus

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