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Town manager continues to collect housing allowance

Staff Writer

David Mitchem, the town manager for Pagosa Springs, continues to take $1,200 every month to offset the cost of living in town even though he still does not live within town limits.

According to Mitchem’s 2012 employment agreement, besides his annual salary of $100,000 (including the possibility of merit and cost of living raises each year), paid holidays and 23 days worth of personal time off, he is also entitled to additional employee benefits. These additional benefits include health insurance, life insurance, retirement benefits, reimbursement for general business expenses and a $1,200 housing allowance per month.

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This story was posted on May 1, 2014.
  • Walmartsux

    Our new mayor should fire this guy and get our money back.

    • 50yearsinCO

      You, also!

  • really?

    How can someone who cannot get by on a mere $100,000 plus benefits per year be trusted to manage a town??? Some of us would be thrilled to earn merely his housing allowance!

    • 50yearsinCO

      You hit the nail on the head!

  • 50yearsinCO

    I continue to be astounded at the level of corruption in the county and city government here. I last lived in another mountain community for 27 years. There was transparency at all levels of government. I am glad to see that there are activists acting as “watchdogs” to correct the corruption whenever possible. I’m very happy that John Egan is our new District 2 City Council member. I have confidence that he will further the necessary “transparency” agenda.
    I wonder what the Sun’s “logic” is when they don’t allow comments on controversial subjects such as the PAWSD and Aspen Springs elections? Last time I checked, our right of freedom of speech was still alive and well. (I do understand not allowing comments on Jo Jo’s accident, because there is always a person that wouldn’t consider the family’s feelings and make a stupid comment that could be hurtful to an already grieving family)
    I believe that intelligent people allowed to converse on a subject of interest within the community, are able to portray the elements of the other side’s stance. This is healthy. If there is no mudslinging, I’ve found that people are able to see the other side’s interests in a clearer light, and sometimes even switch sides of the fence!
    I agree with Really’s comments below that many of us–myself included–would be thrilled to earn just Mitchem’s housing allowance. Pretty pathetic that the vast majority of city and county employees are cronies of the “good ol’ boys network.” I am so thankful that Aragon is out of office! It’s a start. I’m also thankful that Bunch is going bye bye!