Aspen city staff has prepared an updated salary chart comparing local elected officials’ compensation to other Colorado towns and western ski resorts. The issue was last discussed in March, just before the COVID-19 crisis created a budget shortfall for the city and nearly all other sectors in the valley. Council will begin its budget talks this week leading into 2021.
An updated matrix provided this week by Aspen City Manager Sara Ott shows Aspen at No. 4 in terms of public servants’ compensation among comparable communities. However, in a memo to council, Ott wrote that comparing salaries comes with many asterisks.
“While these communities are similar to Aspen in many respects, each community has a distinctive character that makes it unique,” the memo states.
For many towns in Colorado, including Aspen, the mayor and council are tasked with overseeing legislation and the hiring and firing of city managers. But home