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Huckelberry asks new Pima Supes for 4-year contract extension, raise

Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, whose contract expires Tuesday, is asking for four more years and a raise.

In a memo dated Jan. 5, 2021 — the date his contract expires — Huckelberry asked for an extension through "the term of this board," a reference to the incoming Board of Supervisors.

Huckelberry has had a base salary of $302,000 for four years and is asking for $315,000 annually through Jan. 7, 2025. That's a 4.3 percent increase, and just over $6,057 per week.

Benefits include:

  • A county vehicle or a $550 monthly vehicle allowance, to include liability insurance, maintenance and repairs.
  • Paid health insurance.
  • Three weeks of sick and vacation time in addition to what county employees with 20-plus years already receive.
  • $26,000 annually toward the state retirement plan and $15,000 toward a supplemental retirement plan.
  • $8,200 contribution to the Health Savings Account, or the maximum allowed each year.

The request puts to rest speculation that Huckelberry, who is 71 and has been in the job since 1993, would seek a shorter contract or would retire.

This report was first published by the Green Valley News.

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3 comments on this story

Jan 4, 2021, 8:33 am
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Good point! That’s all the more reason for the new county supervisors to vote to delay giving Mr. Huckelberry a big pay raise and extending his contract for four more years. The supervisors need to take time to consider his pay and benefits. His benefits are astonishing.

In retrospect this pay raise and even his present pay will be questioned, if Pima County is forced to reduce pay, layoff employees or cut programs to balance the budget.

Jan 4, 2021, 7:18 am
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The average salary for a county administrator in the US is $232,502. The county administrators in New York’s counties make $280,719. Why are we paying this man so much money?

Jan 2, 2021, 11:00 pm
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It’s interesting that this request for a pay raise and a contract extension was not made to the prior board of supervisors AND it’s being made at the first meeting of the three new supervisors. P

That means the majority of the supervisors are brand new. They have no experience working with Mr. Huckleberry and have not had the opportunity to dig into Pima County’s financial situation.

Immediately voting for a big raise and a four year contract extension for Mr. Huckleberry will make the new supervisors look both thoughtless and irresponsible.

With the county’s present poor financial situation the county supervisors would be wise to extend Mr. Huckleberry’s contract for one year at the current generous pay rate and with the very generous benefits. Later during the year, the supervisors could revisit his contract and make an informed decision about his pay and the length of his contract.

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