Carey Smith's new salary secures his status as the highest-paid public official in York County.
Smith, the city manager of Rock Hill, got a 4 percent raise Monday night that brings his annual pay to $165,089. That's up from $158,745 last year, city documents show.
Smith is entering his sixth year as the top non-elected official in Rock Hill, where the population has grown to 64,000 based on recent estimates. Here's a look at other local leaders, followed by their years of service:
• Tony DiGiorgio, Winthrop president, $157,380; 19 years.
• Greg Rutherford, York Tech president, $130,000; one year.
• Jim Baker, York County manager, $155,000; seven months.
A Greer native, Smith came to Rock Hill in April 2002 from Daytona Beach, Fla. He replaced former City Manager Russell Allen, now the top man in Raleigh.
Smith's initial salary in Rock Hill was $128,000, but the City Council has given him raises each year as part of annual job reviews that include private meetings with each council member. The vote for a new deal was unanimous.
"It's a lot of money, but we take very seriously our role in reviewing that," said Mayor Doug Echols, who labeled Smith's review as excellent. "We've got 600-plus full-time employees, a huge budget, the utilities system. When you think of it from that standpoint, it's in line with those responsibilities."