The city’s elected leaders are apparently happy with the man who’s been in charge of Raleigh’s day-to-day operations for three years now.
The Raleigh City Council on Tuesday approved a new contract for City Manager Ruffin Hall that includes more pay, more time off and a bigger buyout if the council ever fires him. Mayor Nancy McFarlane announced the news about Hall after the council evaluated his performance during a closed session.
City managers are like CEOs of local governments, managing staff and recommending budgets to elected leaders, among other duties. Raleigh employs about 4,000 people.
The council increased Hall’s pay by 3.5 percent, boosting his salary by $8,000 to about $239,500 a year. It added three months to his severance package, meaning the council will have to give him 12 months of pay if it ever terminates his contract. And it gave him 10 days of “executive leave,” doubling the previous amount.
The council’s decision was unanimous, McFarlane said.
“The city manager has worked closely with the City Council and staff over the past year to lead progress and manage competing priorities of the organization,” she said in a statement.
Mayor Pro Tem Kay Crowder said Hall works “all the time and doesn’t take enough time off.”
The council hired Hall, now 47, in 2013 after he worked as an assistant city manager in Charlotte for a decade. He replaced Russell Allen, who the council fired earlier that year.
Hall started with a salary of $215,000, which the council boosted by 4 percent in 2014 and 3.5 percent last year.
Hall has merged some city departments, hired new assistants and launched a new employee compensation study. This year, responding to the council’s goals, he proposed a city budget that included a 2 cent property tax rate increase that would help pay for Dix Park and more affordable housing units.
He faced pressure after a Raleigh police officer in February fatally shot a 24-year-old man in Southeast Raleigh. Competing narratives – one from police, one from community members – emerged about the shooting. Hall promised to update the public within five days, and did so in three days.
“Ruffin has done a great job in the areas of strategic planning, hiring key leaders to implement the plan and leading in challenging situations,” Councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin said.
Hall declined to comment for this story.