The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local Business

February 13, 2014

Water utility chief gets $21,000 raise

City negotiated salary to keep certified leader

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“By retaining Tom (Brewer) we keep the experience that he has with the local system,” he said. “He knows the system, how the system works and the way the city works.”

Huffman said it would have taken six to eight months to train a new superintendent.

He said Brewer’s 2014 salary range is at the midpoint for state certified superintendents in Indiana.

“Tom (Brewer) was almost paid the least amount of certified superintendents in the state,” Huffman said.

In a press release the Smith administration indicated that during the four-year term of former Mayor Kris Ockomon, Brewer was unable to take time off because he was the only employee with the state-required certification.

Brewer had to be either on site or on 24-hour standby, seven days a week, according to the release.

According to the city, the Ockomon administration spent $177,000 over an 18-month period to hire a contractor to allow Brewer to take time off.

“The Smith administration’s goal is to create and attract new jobs and businesses to Anderson,” the release said. “A safe and reliable water supply is an imperative component of economic development and Anderson’s future growth.”

Currently the Anderson Economic Development Department is in discussions with three potential brewers of craft beers and a food processing plant about locating in Anderson based on the quality and quantity of the city’s water supply.

Follow Ken de la Bastide on Twitter @KendelaBastide, or call 640-4863.

Tom Brewer, superintendent of the Anderson Water Utility, received a 28 percent salary increase to stay in Anderson. Pay climbed by $20,730 for 2014 to $93,699.84. More water utility workers now have required state certification as plant operators.

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