Lacey City Manager Scott Spence was rewarded with a raise this month, boosting his pay 5 percent to $149,940 this year, up from $142,800. It was the first significant raise for Spence since he was hired as city manager in 2011.
That first year he earned $140,000, he said this week.
After discussing Spence’s performance in an executive session that followed the council meeting Feb. 12, the council emerged to vote in support of the raise.
“Scott is doing an excellent job for the city of Lacey,” councilman Jeff Gadman said this week, pointing out a list of accomplishments that has won Spence the respect of other department directors and staff.
“Part of the reason he is good at what he does is because he had one of the best mentors in the world,” Gadman said.
The mentor? Former City Manager Greg Cuoio, who served in that role for more than 20 years.
Spence, 43, joined the city in 1999 as the director of public affairs and then rose to become assistant city manager in 2003. Before coming to Lacey, he was an assistant city manager and an assistant to the city manager in Sherwood, Oregon.
As for goals, Gadman wants Spence to continue to build the city’s economic base, continue to work on the city’s relationship with Joint Base Lewis-McChord and continue to seek funding to make Interstate 5 interchange improvements at Exit 109 and Exit 111, he said.
Deputy Mayor Cynthia Pratt also praised Spence, describing him as humble with a good sense of humor and able to work well with people.
If you’re bothered by something, he follows through with a solution, she said.
“He’s just a good person to work with,” Pratt said.
As for her goals for Spence, Pratt said she’s a big supporter of the planned enhancements to the city’s Woodland District, that area between Chehalis-Western Trail, I-5, College Street and Pacific Avenue, but she also wants it to be bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly.
If anything, Spence has a tendency to work too hard because the city no longer has an assistant city manager position, she said.
Spence picked up those additional duties as city manager, Pratt said.