Council may whip up a small raise for one job

Greenlee
Greenlee
Posted: January 31, 2014

MAJORITY deputy whip has never been a paid position in Philadelphia City Council, but a bill introduced yesterday would change that.

The bill, introduced by Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. on behalf of Council President Darrell Clarke, would amend a portion of the city code addressing compensation and benefits by giving a salary to the majority deputy whip, beginning in 2016.

City Council's majority deputy whip is Bill Greenlee, who represents the city at-large. The city code does not address the position of majority deputy whip.

According to the ordinance, each Council member is to earn an annual salary of $98,000.

Yesterday's proposal would create a salary of $100,000 for the majority deputy whip, which matches that of the minority whip, Councilman David Oh.

Jones, who sponsored the bill, called Greenlee "the glue of this council."

"My colleague, Bill Greenlee, has been doing this job for free," he said.

"A lot of people don't even notice how more productive and more efficient Council has become. In a lot of ways, it's because of Bill Greenlee. Some of the fights we used to have, he's able to do diplomacy for that and he's been doing it for free.

"It's a modest increase of a couple thousand dollars, but I think it's well worth what we're paying for."

The proposal asks that the ordinance take effect Jan. 4, 2016.


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