Boulder’s top officials received boosts to their bank accounts Tuesday.

City council approved pay raises for City Manager Jane Brautigam, City Attorney Tom Carr and Municipal Judge Linda Cooke.


Council voted 7-1 in favor of the raises, with Councilwoman Cindy Carlisle the lone member in opposition to the salary hikes. Carlisle declined to discuss with the Camera why she was against approving the raises, calling it a “personnel matter.”

Councilmembers Sam Weaver and Lisa Morzel led the annual performance reviews for each staff member, finding that Brautigam and Carr both “fully met high expectations,” to earn 2.5% raises, while Cooke was determined to have “exceeded high expectations,” earning a 4% raise.

“We’re incredibly fortunate to have such extremely skilled staff members here, and thank you for the way you lead the city organizations in your respective areas,” Brockett said.

Brautigam’s yearly salary grew $6,618 to $271,342; Carr’s grew $5,595 to $229,406; and Cooke’s grew $6,699 to $174,193.

Boulder’s pay rate for its city manager outpaces those of 10 Front Range cities analyzed in a comparison given to council. Only Westminster pays its city manager more out of the municipalities looked at, and Brautigam last year made 10.31% more than the average of her counterparts in the region.

Carr last year also made more than all but one of the 11 city attorneys in other municipalities analyzed, with Westminster again leading the way. Carr was paid 13.63% more than the average city attorney in the study.

Cooke also was paid more than all but one the 11 municipal judge salaries analyzed, with Denver’s judge earning more. Cooke was paid 6.52% more than the average judge in the analysis.

“It’s a pleasure to work here,” Carr said. “As most of you know, I love my job. It’s an honor and privilege to work in this community. Thank you for approving a raise, that’s very nice.”

Brautigam echoed that sentiment.

“Public service is the highest calling I believe,” she said. “In Boulder it is especially important that we serve our community well and that opportunity to do that is something I never thought I’d have in my life and I’m so appreciative of it. I love this community and it’s been a pleasure to work with this council.”

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