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Longmont City Council Raises Municipal Judge’s Pay

March 20, 2019
Longmont Municipal Judge Robert Frick, pictured swearing in 10 new police officers in January, was given a pay raise by city council on Tuesday.

Longmont City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to raise Municipal Judge Robert Frick’s annual base pay to $156,278, an 11.3 percent increase.

Frick has been the city’s municipal judge since June 2016. In May 2016, council voted 6-1 to appoint Frick to the municipal judge’s position, filling a pending vacancy after Judge Diana VanDeHey announced she would retire after 30 years on the Longmont court bench.

His annual base pay has been $140,400 since his last council-approved raise in September 2017, when the council hiked it from $129,996.

Council met with Frick in an executive session performance review on Feb. 5.

Frick watched from the back of the council chambers Tuesday night as Mayor Brian Bagley said a comparison with other area cities’ municipal judges’ pay showed a “market average” of $158,357.

Bagley said Frick told council that a raise to $156,278 “would be fair.”

Frick thanked the council after the vote.

Earlier Tuesday evening, council members met behind closed doors with City Attorney Eugene Mei in an executive-session review of Mei’s job performance.

Mei has been Longmont’s city attorney since March 2009. The council began its latest review of Mei’s performance during a Jan. 29 executive session; Tuesday’s executive session was a resumption of that January review.

In September 2017, after a previous performance evaluation, council awarded Mei a 1.3 percent pay raise from his previous $177,552 annual base salary, increasing it to $179,860.

Council members did not discuss the results of Mei’s performance review during their meeting on Tuesday. If council decides to give him a raise, a public vote on his pay is expected to be scheduled at an upcoming regular meeting.

John Fryar: 303-684-5211, jfryar@times-call.com or twitter.com/jfryartc