The North Miami Beach City Council renewed the contracts for both the city attorney and city clerk during an Aug. 6 meeting.
As part of the contract negotiations, a one-time 3 percent bonus was given to City Attorney Darcee S. Siegel, which translated to $5,640, while City Clerk Pamela Latimore received salary increase of $7,499, making her new salary $89,999.
Siegel will continue to receive her annual salary of $188,000.
Councilwoman Phyllis S. Smith opposed both pay increases.
“Do you perform? Absolutely. Are you a gift to our city? I feel that you are, but I just can’t see, when we are up here bleeding in every single direction, to say ‘Here’s a bonus,’ ” Smith said during the discussion of Siegel’s contract.
Ultimately, Siegel’s contract passed with a 6-1 vote, while Latimore’s passed 4-3.
Mayor George Vallejo had suggested the raise for Latimore to get her on par with other clerks in the area.
“I would think it appropriate to try to get her somewhere even close to in the league of city clerk salary for our level of city,” Vallejio said. “But once again, I am just one vote.”
Councilwomen Beth Spiegel, Barbara Kramer and Smith opposed Latimore’s contact.
Smith, who has voiced her disapproval of Latimore’s performance throughout the year, echoed those views at the meeting, saying she doesn’t feel the department is functioning as well as it could.
“That department needs someone there that can take care of not just the public records but the duties of that department,” said Smith.
Spiegel echoed some of those feelings and said didn’t want to give Latimore a raise.
Others didn’t agree.
Councilman Frantz Pierre said he sees Latimore as a hard-working employee.
“I’ve seen an employee who goes above and beyond the call of duty,” Pierre said.
In the end, the council approved a salary for Latimore of $89,999 — $1 less than Major George Vallejo had suggested.