Carmel Mayor Brainard gets 5.99% pay raise for final year in office

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Jim Brainard

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard is getting a raise as he heads into his final year in office in 2023.

The Carmel City Council on Monday night voted 8-0 to approve a 5.99% salary increase for Brainard and for City Court Judge Brian Poindexter, Clerk Sue Wolfgang and the city council.

The raise will increase Brainard’s annual salary from $157,848.08 to $167,318.84.

Poindexter’s salary will increase from $138,884.98 to $147,217.98, and Wolfgang’s pay will increase from $116,390,04 to $123,373.38.

Each city council member’s paycheck will increase from $22,344.66 to $23,685.22.

All Carmel elected officials who are in office as of Feb. 4, 2023, will also receive a 2% inflation bonus.

Monday’s ordinance also provides Brainard with a leased vehicle for personal and/or business use with no limit on annual mileage, or a monthly stipend of $600.

Brainard, 68, announced on Sept. 13 that he will not seek an eighth term as mayor in the 2023 municipal election. His term will end Dec. 31, 2023.

Carmel City Council President Kevin “Woody” Rider announced on Sept. 20 that he will run for mayor. No other candidates have publicly announced their intention to seek the position.

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8 thoughts on “Carmel Mayor Brainard gets 5.99% pay raise for final year in office

    1. To be fair, he’s at least that many times as impactful as our Mayor’s have been over the same timeframe.

    2. Cart and horse problem…. Maybe if we paid a far wage for the job we would get better candidates than the last few jokers…

    1. City council members are paid less than $25k/yr. They work ridiculously hard. Are you seriously complaining that they get a $1k pay bump? Is this complaining just to complain?

    2. Wow, you must must have zero clue the amount of commitment and the hours this takes if you are going to complain about paying them less than $24,000/year. A majority of the time commitment occurs in the evenings/at night, taking them away from their families. Most do not do it for anything other than to give back to their community. If you think the pay is excessive and you do not like it, then run on the platform that you will donate your salary back to the City of Carmel.

  1. Anytime you put pay information out like this without the context of recent year changes, you’re just trying to “stir the pot”. It works, but it just shows a very shallow level of journalism.

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