LAKE WORTH — Lake Worth commissioners Tuesday night unanimously approved a salary increase for City Manager Michael Bornstein, a bump city officials say is long overdue.
Bornstein’s base annual pay increased from $145,000 to $169,000.
Lake Worth said Bornstein’s salary is one of the lowest in Palm Beach County for city managers.
“The city manager deserves every penny,” Commissioner Omari Hardy said. “We’re competing for Mike’s talent with other cities that can very well use someone with his experience and skill.”
Mayor Pam Triolo said the city was fractured when she was first elected, but Bornstein, hired in 2012, helped change that.
“Building a team after so many failures over the course of the years is not easy,” she said. “Morale was down. There was no team approach to anything. Changing the culture is not an easy thing to do.”
Commissioner Herman Robinson called Bornstein the “perfect fit” for Lake Worth.
The city pointed to several projects spearheaded by Bornstein that led to the raise, including the $40 million neighborhood road repair project, improvements to the Electric Utility business plan and projects related to the countywide sales tax.
According to amendment to Bornstein’s employment agreement on April 7, 2015, the city commission agreed to review the city manager’s base salary annually on or about April 1 of each year. But a salary increase has not been addressed the past two years.