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OR Council OKs Watson extension, raise

Monday night the Oak Ridge City Council voted 6-1 to extend City Manager Mark Watson’s contract by one year to August of 2018 and to give him a 2% pay raise. Recent evaluations of Watson’s job performance showed that the majority of the Council said that he was either meeting or exceeding expectations, with one exception. Council member Trina Baughn, a vocal critic of Watson, not only gave him low scores on her evaluation but also suggested that he voluntarily resign and forego what she called the “$140,000 golden parachute built into” [his] contract. Baughn says that under Watson, the city’s water, sewer and garbage collection fees have doubled and the city’s debt load has increased. She was the lone dissenting vote on the contract extension. With the two percent salary increase—the same as increases given to other city workers in the current budget—Watson will now earn $156,416 a year.

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