COLDWATER — The city started its new fiscal year on July 1, raising pay for the two top managers and replacing the city attorney. 

New city attorney Amanda O’Boyle took her oath of office Monday night before the city council meeting. 

The council hired O’Boyle in March to take over for retiring city attorney Megan Angel. 

O’Boyle was an assistant city counsel in Lansing. 

Her husband and two young sons attended the ceremony.  

The city agreed in April contract negotiations to pay O’Boyle $146,000 a year as its in-house attorney. 

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In a June closed evaluation of City Manager Keith Baker, the city council raised his salary to $146,000, beginning July 1, matching O’Boyle’s.  

The council increased Baker’s pay by just under $20,000 in the last two years.  

The council also agreed to match for Baker the $4,500 a year car allowance provided to O’Boyle.    

Baker was promoted to city manager on April 1, 2017. He previously served as the community service director under Jeff Budd, who became the CBPU director.  

The Coldwater Board of Public Utilities held a closed-session evaluation of its director, Paul Jakubczak, on July 3. 

After that session, the CBPU board raised Jakubczak’s $168,000 a-year salary by 2%, effective July 1, to $171,360. 

The increase brings Jakubczak’s salary level to that of county administrator Bud Norman, with his base and supplemental pay, making them the highest-paid public officials in Branch County.  

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The city also contributes 10% of the top managers’ salaries to the state MERS retirement plan.  

These three employees are the only city employees who work directly for the city council or utility board and whose compensation is evaluated directly by the council or utility board. 

— Contact Don Reid: [email protected]