The Windsor Town Board unanimously voted Dec. 9 to give town manager Kelly Arnold a 3.5 percent pay raise and bring town attorney Ian McCargar in-house.
Beginning in 2014, Arnold will receive an annual salary of $149,946 from the town. His previous salary was $144,875, according to Windsor Finance Director Dean Moyer.
“It’s hard to believe now that nearly seven years ago I came over on that snowy morning,” Arnold said. “It’s been a great tenure here. I look forward to that continuing, and I appreciate your support.”
The board members thanked Arnold for his years of work with the town.
“It’s been a wonderful experience of having you as a town manager, not only before I was on the board just as a resident but also as a town board member,” Ivan Adams said. “And your staff — you’ve done a great job with them. They’re a great staff. So, my congratulations.”
Arnold said Dec. 11 he also received raises from the town in 2008, 2009 and 2012 as well.
In addition to being responsible for the enforcement of town ordinances and resolutions, the town manager also supervises and controls town employees, with the exception of the town attorney and municipal judge. The town attorney and municipal judge, along with the town administrator, are appointed and supervised by the town board.
The town board also decided to bring McCargar in-house in 2014, meaning he will work full time for the town from his new office inside town hall.
John Frey, the town’s assistant attorney, was also reappointed to work part-time contractually for the town. He will continue to work out of his private office.
“This is a big deal for John and me, because it does reflect quite a difference in the nature of our relationship with the town,” McCargar told the board. “I’ve been telling people that I will be doing the same work with the same people, it’s just in a different place. Essentially what this resolution affirms is it reappoints us, which is important, but it also takes into account the decision you have made to bring the town attorney in-house.”
Board members approved the reappointments of Frey and McCargar, with Mayor John Vazquez and board member Kristie Melendez saying the move was a big step for Windsor.
“I feel very good about this appointment,” Melendez said. “I know that this move enables the town to be in solid, good, experienced hands as we continue to move forward.”
Like the town manager, the town attorney also serves at the pleasure of the town board and undergoes an annual review evaluating the town attorney’s job performance.
“Up until recently, that appointment was an appointment of my Fort Collins law firm, Frey, McCargar, Plock & Root,” McCargar said Dec. 11.
Frey has served as the town attorney since 1983 under a contract between the town and his law firms, McCargar said. McCargar began serving as assistant town attorney in 2004.
He said since then, he and Frey have reversed roles, with Frey now as the assistant town attorney and McCargar as the town attorney. McCargar said Frey has “vast institutional knowledge” about the town and serves as a resource to McCargar and the town. Frey also serves as a back up to McCargar if he is unable to perform his duties for any reason.
McCargar said that although he has still been an equity member of Frey, McCargar, Plock & Root, as the workload from the town has increased, he hasn’t served any clients other than the Town of Windsor “for easily three years,” he said.
Starting in 2014, McCargar will be affiliated with Windsor’s town attorney office and will have withdrawn from his membership with Frey, McCargar, Plock & Root. As a part-time contractual employee, Frey can continue to serve clients outside of his capacity as assistant town attorney.