Seguin City Manager Doug Faseler is going to keep his role for another year while receiving an increase in pay.
After spending almost an hour in closed session to review Faseler’s annual evaluation on Tuesday, Seguin City Council voted 6-2 to approve the extension of Faseler’s contract for another year as well a 2.5 percent pay raise.
The raise will increase Faseler’s current salary of $248,532 by $6,214, making the new base salary $254,746.
The resolution was approved following a motion by Councilwoman Jet Crabb and a second by Councilman Mark Herbold.
“I think he’s done an exceptional job once again. We are very lucky to have Doug,” Crabb said. “He is a visionary — a person who is always keeping us well informed on issues we wouldn’t even think about. We also took a look at a list of numerous accomplishments — 50 different accomplishments he accomplished this year. I just think it’s wonderful that we have him. He is doing such a great job.”
Voting against the decision was Councilman Chris Aviles and Councilman Ernest Leal.
Aviles said he would liked to have had more information to vote yes on the resolution.
Faseler expressed appreciation for the City Council’s decision and their support.
“I think we’ve got an excellent team between our council and directors and all of our staff so we’re getting a lot of things accomplished,” he said. “It’s an exciting and fun time here in Seguin. I look forward to another year.”
Mayor Don Keil praised Faseler for the work he’s done since becoming city manager in 2006.
“I do know we’ve got one of the best. Frankly what we’re paying him is — I don’t know, I think we could pay him a lot more — but I think he is worth every penny for what he does and what he’s done for the city,” Keil said.
“I could go through a whole list of stuff like the $20 million he saved us for Rio Nogales plant.”
Faseler deserves the pay he receives because of everything he does in his role, Keil said.
“He’s done a heck of a lot for the city and he deserves everything that we can give him. I think there are a lot of people running public utilities that are city owned and the guys that run those city utilities get paid as much or more as he is,” Keil said. “It’s not an overpayment. In fact, he’s running close to a $100 million year company with over 400 employees. I mean what are you going to pay a guy? That’s worth every penny.”
Faseler became a part of city staff in 1996 as the director of utilities and public works before being promoted to assistant city manager within four months.
Prior to Seguin, Faseler worked in Live Oak from 1983 to 1996 where he served as a director of planning, assistant city manager and city manager.
In 2005, city council voted to buy out the contract of City Manager Jack Hamlett, and Faseler was appointed the interim city manager.
Faseler became city manager in January 2006 after council unanimously voted to drop “interim” from the title.