Duncan City Council met in a special meeting Thursday night to discuss only one item — the city manager’s contract.

Originally tabled at the June 10 meeting because of a request from Councilman Michael Hale, who was absent, to wait so that he could participate in the discussion, the item addressed the next step in the process of having Clyde Shaw continue in his position for another year.

The council initially voted to re-employ Shaw during its April 8 meeting by a 3-2 vote. Mayor Gene Brown, former Vice Mayor Carl Bowers and former Councilman Tommy Edwards voted yes, while Hale and Councilman Ricky Mayes cast “no” votes.

Two changes to Shaw’s contract were approved Thursday following an executive session.

Included is a raise to bring his pay 10 percent above that of city department heads and an increase in car allowance.

Brown said the salary increase reflects a situation encountered by the city last year when some department heads were making more than the city manager.

Shaw earns $91,436 annually. The change will bring his earnings to $95,800 annually, beginning July 1.

In addition, the contract states all automotive expenses “associated with his use of his own vehicle(s) within the City of Duncan” are paid on a monthly basis, though Shaw has to maintain insurance on his own. The vehicle allowance was increased from $500 to $550 because of rising fuel costs, Brown said.

“We realize that’s not a lot but it will help a bit,” he said. Both adjustments were made with consideration of the city’s budget to ensure that the funds were not just available, but appropriate to expend in those areas, Shaw noted.

Pleased with the current contract, Shaw said he was happy to continue his employment with the city.

“If I didn’t enjoy it, I’d already be gone,” he said. “I enjoy the challenge.”

Before taking on the role of city manager, Shaw served as the city’s finance director.

Under Duncan’s city charter, the City Council hires the manager position.

“We have a strong form of government that has worked for years and years,” Brown said.

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