Councilmember At‐Large Megan Barry announced today that she will vote against RS2014‐1270 at the next council meeting. The resolution would give council members, the vice mayor, and the mayor significant pay raises after the 2015 elections.
“At a time when many Nashville families are struggling just to make ends meet, it is absurd for us to be considering raising the salary of the next mayor by $43,500, or more than most first‐year police officers or teachers in Nashville would earn,” said Councilmember Barry.
“Elected officials should not serve to get rich, but rather to enrich the community they live in and raise the quality of life for all the people they represent. That is why I will vote against pay raises for elected officials on Tuesday.”
The Tennessean reported this morning that the proposed resolution would increase the mayor’s salary by 32%, from $136,500 to $180,000. In addition, council members would see an increase of 37%, from $15,000 to $20,600 and the next vice mayor would see an increase of 32% from $17,000 to $22,500.
According to the staff salary schedule provided by MNPS, a first year teacher with a bachelor’s degree earns $41,256.96, while the 2014 rates provided by the MNPD show that a level one police officer with a bachelor’s degree earns $42,533.
Councilmember At‐Large Megan Barry is seeking election to the office of mayor in the August 2015 election. A Nashville resident for 23 years, Megan Barry was twice elected as at‐large member of the Metro Council, receiving the most votes in the countywide election in 2011. An MBA graduate of Vanderbilt, she has two decades of senior‐level corporate experience in telecommunications and healthcare. She is the mother of a college‐age son and has been married to Bruce Barry for 21 years.