LEWISTON – Councilors gave City Administrator Jim Bennett a 5 percent raise Tuesday and extended his employment contract by one year.

The City Council also agreed to give Bennett access to a city vehicle, rather than pay him a $400 per month stipend. Bennett said he will use a new cruiser destined for the Lewiston Police Department, according to the agreement.

“That should end up saving us money, about $1,800 per year,” Bennett said. “I’ll get it before it’s modified for police work and use it for a while, maybe put 6,000 or 8,000 miles on it and then pass it back to the police. I’ll sort of break it in.”

Bennett was paid a salary of $88,500 per year when he was hired last year. Tuesday’s raise increased that by $4,500 per year, to $93,000.

The council also extended Bennett’s contract through March 2006. The original agreement put Bennett in the job through March 2005.

Bennett’s old contract gave him a monthly $400 stipend to pay automobile expenses. The city will still give Bennett $150 per month to pay for after-hours job access and other incidentals, including home Internet service, a second telephone line and his cell phone.

Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.