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2/12/2012 7:44:00 AM
Cottonwood City manager gets 12% raise
Doug Bartosh
Doug Bartosh

COTTONWOOD - The Cottonwood City Council applauded the work of its manager and granted Doug Bartosh a 12-percent merit increase. The council voted 6-1 in favor of the hike with Councilman Ruben Jauregui dissenting. The council unanimously approved a change to the manager's contract to include six months of severance pay rather than the earlier three months severance.

The raise brings Bartosh's pay to $127,000 per year.

"When I was hired, the pay for the position was extremely low and I have never caught up. The City Council indicated that this was a step in closing the gap until we complete a salary survey for all city employees this spring," said Bartosh.

Two years ago, during the recession, Bartosh refused a 10-percent increase and accepted a 5-percent rise.

He says a recent salary survey would place an administrator of a comparable city at $155,000.

- Jon Hutchinson


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, February 20, 2012
Article comment by: for all the hoopla...

everything that happens in the city is transparent and in the public record... the managers review should have been posted for the public... perhaps if folks had communicated their concerns before the fact the outcome would have been different...

for all the calls to 'recall' the council when was the last time any of those calling for it attended a meeting or actually spoke to a council member?

they are here to represent you... how can they do that if you don't communicate with them?

what was that old saying... when you point a finger there are 3 pointing back at you.


Posted: Monday, February 20, 2012
Article comment by: How many Cottonwood City employees make over $75,000 a year?

I think it is time to review City of Cottonwood employees salaries and benefit packages!

Posted: Monday, February 20, 2012
Article comment by: gary chamberlain

Dear Mayor Joens and Mr. Bartosh,

Today I was told by Rent-A-Center and Home Depot that the City of Cottonwood had their staff remove most of the large quantity of furniture and trash items located in Oak Wash next to Home Depot and the Fry's Shopping Center.

I have been working with Home Depot, Rent-A-Center and the property manager of this property on how to correct a very complex problem since it envolves our homeless community.

It is also my understanding that Mayor Joens was the person who took the lead on this project and hopefully the washes that run thru the Cove Parkway properties. All washes need to be investigated before the rains come.

There was also mention of the Cottonwood staff returning with chain saws to prune the brush back making it less desirable for the homeless to camp out and to be kept clean.

I am willing to work with the City of Cottonwood on the trash in our drainage systems and have made it my mission to visit all washes and collect the aluminum cans for entertainment.

When clean, our washes are worth promoting as trail systems providing the property owners don’t mind and weather permits.

I hope you will call me to discuss how we could work together on this issue.

Thanks again and to the Cottonwood employee’s who had to pack all of the trash items out of the wash

Gary Chamberlain
Cornville, AZ


Posted: Monday, February 20, 2012
Article comment by: Verde Valley Citizens

I would like to see the extra money spent on street signal timers/warning that the lights are turning yellow/red. To me this is warrented and needed. This is a safety issue to benefit all.

Posted: Monday, February 20, 2012
Article comment by: Verde Valley Citizens

Dear Mr. Chamberlain. OK and Thank you for your service and clean up of our roadways. You do know at one time it was a paid job to clean up our roadways right? or we used those in jail? Right? Once upon a time it was somebodies job. Now it is dependent on kind and caring souls such as you. Using the taxpayers money wisely is the complaint at local, county, state and federal levels and this is no different. Lower our taxes and balance our budgets. Live within our means. May peace be with you and yours. Stay tuned

Posted: Monday, February 20, 2012
Article comment by: D Barney

This is what happens when citizens do not pay attention to what is going on at City hall or City Council meetings.
Excerpts from the Los Angeles times April 19, 2011
The Los Angeles Times team discovered that Bell, California — one of the poorest communities in Los Angeles County — was paying its top city officials some of the highest public salaries in the nation. The stories that started running in June 2010 spiraled into town hall protests and a full-blown scandal involving, among others, City Manager Robert Rizzo, who received annual compensation of $1.5 million. As part of his deal, The Times reported that the city manager would get 107 vacation days and 36 sick days a year.
“The city’s director of administrative services, Lourdes Garcia, was earning $422,707, and the director of general services, Eric Eggena, earned $421,402, officials said. Those amounts include salary, deferred compensation and some benefits, which city officials did not fully detail.”

“In addition, Bell’s director of community services, Annette Peretz, earned $273,542, a deputy city engineer earned $247,573, the business development coordinator earned $295,627, a police captain earned $238,075 and a police lieutenant earned $229,992. Their names were not immediately released.”


Posted: Monday, February 20, 2012
Article comment by: Bad Gremlin

@Gaia They are preparing for the zombie invasion.

As for stalker laws, right now I can take someone's name and find out their driving history, what schools they went to, what they currently drive, where they work, where they live, their current phone number, how much they make annually, how many registered weapons they own, How many times they got married, how many kids they have had, who their parents are, and depending on certain information, if they ordered a pizza last week or not. All of which is free and open to the public if you know how and where to search.


Posted: Monday, February 20, 2012
Article comment by: Jim West

To all those picking at the writers here just one question do you or do you not agree with Mr. Bartosh's salary? That I do belive is the point of "most" of these postes.

Posted: Monday, February 20, 2012
Article comment by: Jim West

Thank you Mark Landreth! Again it doesn't matter who you are it is the message that is importanat. Your resurch is most gratefuly appreciated!



Posted: Monday, February 20, 2012
Article comment by: Gaia Gurl

Cotton Woody, Stalker laws are relatively NEW. Whether they are ENFORCED or not was not the POINT. They did not need stalker laws in 50's or 60's, now did they? But we certainly do NOW.

I LIVE in a relatively SAFE place . . . here I only FEAR our PARAMILITARY police. You REALLY think a town of 12,000 need all the MILITARY equipment our police have? Please NAME one instance where it was APPROPRIATE.

Would it have SAVED the murder victims out on 89A? Would it have helped the 3 people who ACCIDENTALLY died in a sweat lodge? I am just asking for ONE instance where our police needed a HUMVEE.



Posted: Monday, February 20, 2012
Article comment by: gary chamberlain

Dear Verde Valley Citizens,

Simply stated, I agree with you .... so sad it has to be that way.

I tend to get short with mean-spirited folks who hide their identity and my guts tell me you aren't one of those.

I speak with many in our community on a weekly basis who share your opinion and I know you aren't alone ... I've just decided to not go there for my own reasons.

May be we'll meet or we have met some where, would be nice. thanks for speaking up.

God bless you and America.

Gary Chamberlain
"Point Man" FVUSA


Posted: Monday, February 20, 2012
Article comment by: Gary Chamberlain

Dear There he goes again & Gaia Gurl,

Off Subject, yes I was off topic (guilty as charged) however I was responding to Gaia Gurl's comments to me, if that's ok by you?

The Folksville USA to restore the beauty to America and Arizona clearly shows that those of us who have been out there cleaning the highways over the past three years have created a process that works.....what's wrong with that?

We come from various religious, political and other backgrounds. The big things that make our FVUSA process work is that we choose to make it work for the good of the Verde Valley and leave our differences at the curb.

I'm very comfortable sharing my name and any risk associated with doing so .... for me, once a soldier always a soldier and that doesn't mean I even come close to liking what politicians put our Armed Forces men and women through.

I refuse to live in fear for when that happens our society will fall.

Gaia Gurl, there are a whole lot of my friends who responsibly carry weapons and many of them are veterans who have served their country well.

As for getting anything done efficiently or effectively with a bureaucrat, I gave up on that a long time ago.

Isn’t it a shame that some folks are fearful of posting their name …. Very sad we have to live in fear.

And Gaia Gurl if you were out there cleaning thanks.

Gary Chamberlain
"Point Man"
Cornville, AZ






Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2012
Article comment by: Cotton Woody

Gaia Gurl opines that "...we no longer TRUST our government and our paramilitary POLICE to protect us" and that "...now we NEED stalker laws" . If she does not trust the cops to enforce those laws, then those laws don't really mean much, do they?

Yep, sounds like Gaia Gurl should move to some place safe, where there are no cops and none of us "Arizona gun nuts". Like the Land of Oz.

Maybe she should move back home to Crazyville. I am sure that right about now her home townsfolk are sorely missing their Village Idiot.

Whackadoodle.


Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2012
Article comment by: Verde Valley Citizens

Dearest Gary Chamberlain. There is a reason for anonymous comments. It is to give voice to those without the fear of retaliation. There is no need for you or anyone to know whom comment here. It is only the message that you should care. If you do not agree that is your right. We live in a small town, a town managed by an x law officer, and a county and state controled Republican party for now. The people pay the salaries of city, county, state and federal employees. I suggest that you focus on the message instead of who said it. Nobody is hiding and I assure you will not tolerate bullying. Stick to the facts and debate. Stop trying to intimidate and silence the people.

Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2012
Article comment by: Mark Landreth

The Cronkite News Service and students in Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication did a survey and found that the average city manager's salary in Arizona is $113,356 which is slightly higher than the national average of $106,408. The $127,000 now paid to the Cottonwood city manage who has little actual experience for the job seems to already be above the average, so if their is a gap in his salary compared to the average, it is is the other direction than he seems to think. It seems to be a trend in all government offices in this country to be over paid and have benefits that far exceed anything the normal citizen will ever enjoy. When governments can just vote in whatever they want when it comes to thier own benefits and ignore what all of the other people who have to pay the taxes to pay for these benefits something is majorly wrong. Our country has become one of political greed and little concern for the common citizen. Just another third world country in the making.




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