Candidates for Logan mayor divided on employee raises

Candidates for Logan mayor and municipal council debated at City Hall Thursday night on a wide range of issues including growth, infrastructure needs and whether or not the city should accept federal money. Many of those attending the debate, sponsored by 610 KVNU and, were Logan City workers and moderator Tyler Riggs asked those running for mayor why employees should prefer working for him.Mike Morrill, who is challenging Mayor Randy Watts, said he’s a tolerant and optimistic type manager who believes in employees. “I’d love to give them the first opportunity to get their job done and tell me what’s a better way to get it done,” Morrill said. “I believe in working, talking with the different departments and finding out how to incentivize, what is meaningful for our city workers to want them to stay on the job and to perform at their job.”Morrill said he believes in a work for reward system. Mayor Watts said Logan has that with its pay-for-performance program and he said he’s helped by keeping the rolling stock and equipment needs where they need to be. When Morrill suggested employees need a pay raise and it shouldn’t be held back, Watts said they’ve had one three of the last four years. Watts said, unfortunately, this year it’s in a holding pattern. No one has had a pay raise because of the poor economy but he hopes that situation changes soon.

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