Council salary is apples to oranges | News

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

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Wisconsin Gov. Appoints 33 To Health Equity Council

MADISON, WI — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday appointed 33 health professionals, politicians and nonprofit directors to his Health Equity Council.

The council aims to bolster overall public health in Wisconsin and and create more equitable health outcomes for all Wisconsinites, according to a release.

“We didn’t need the COVID-19 pandemic to tell us that your health is closely linked to your zip code, race, and other socioeconomic factors,” Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm said in a statement. “Through this robust public-private collaboration we can target the social determinants of health that drive these health disparities and make real progress towards ensuring that every Wisconsinite has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible.”

According to the release, Wisconsin in 2016 was given a “D” in a University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute report.

The council is made up of:

  • Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes
  • DHS Secretary-designee
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