BILLINGS – Billings City Council members voted 8-2 Monday to approve a five percent raise for City Administrator Chris Kukulski.
In Kukulski’s contract, there is a clause that says after six months, the city would consider increasing his salary by five percent after an evaluation.
The increase bumps Kukulski’s salary from $179,000 a year to about $188,000.
During their meeting, council members spoke highly of Kukulski and his job performance thus far.
Billings Mayor Bill Cole says the raise brings Kukulski’s salary closer to his counterparts in cites of a similar size.
“I think it’s important that we start moving closer to something that approximates the medians of our peer cities. Chris will still be about $5,000 less in base salary than Bozeman which is a city less than half our size. And substantially less than Casper, Fargo, Rochester Minnesota, all of which come closer to that $200,000 dollar neighborhood.”