Wheeling village manager gets 5 percent pay increase
Wheeling's village manager will get a 5 percent pay raise this year, along with $5,000 in deferred compensation, after receiving a positive performance review, officials said.
The village board Tuesday unanimously approved the increase and new benefit for Village Manager Jon Sfondilis. His salary in 2017 rise to $185,000 from $176,284.
Trustees also approved contributing $5,000 to a new deferred compensation account for Sfondilis. The village will decide how much to add to the account each ensuing year.
Village President Dean Argiris praised Sfondilis' work ethic and said he and the manager work together well.
"I think he's probably one of the hardest-working village managers in the Northwest suburbs," Argiris said. "He has the confidence of myself and the entire village board unanimously."
Sfondilis has worked for the village since 1993. He was making $136,000 as an assistant village manager before being promoted to village manager in 2011. He kept the same salary until the village board increase his pay to $150,000 after a year on the job.
This year's pay hike comes three months after the village board approved a 75 percent salary increase for the village president and a 33 percent salary increase for village trustees, Those pay hikes go into effect after the April election.
The increase raises the president's salary from $11,000 to $19,200 annually, ands trustees' yearly pay from $6,000 to $8,000. The raises put Wheeling's salaries in line with elected officials in neighboring suburbs, Argiris has said.