Warner Robins City Council votes to give acting mayor a pay raise

The Warner Robins City Council voted Monday night to give Acting Mayor Clifford Holmes a raise.

When Holmes took over the role in September after Mayor Donald S. Walker left on medical leave for a foot injury, he was working part time as an assistant principal at Westside Elementary School. The City Council opted then to pay Holmes half of Walker’s salary. Walker’s annual salary was $100,000.

As of Oct. 1, Holmes has only been working in the capacity of mayor after resigning from his part-time position. Therefore, the City Council deemed it necessary to provide him with full-time pay.

“It’s only right and equitable that he gets the pay that goes with that position,” City Councilman John Havrilla said.

Monday night’s meeting was packed and many were there to witness Robin Coy and firefighter Danny Williams receive the Lifesaving Valor Award from Fire Chief Robert Singletary.

Williams and Coy were on the Bonaire Middle School football field when it was struck by lightning last month. The two partnered up to administer CPR to Coach Mike Martin, who was knocked unconscious by the lightning strike.

During the meeting, the City Council also passed an ordinance that requires that all new ordinances be read at two consecutive meetings before a vote is passed. In an emergency or when dealing with intergovernmental matters, the requirement can be waived if no more than one City Councilmember objects. The ordinance also stated that changes or amendments cannot be made to the ordinance for six months.

City Councilman Bob Wilbanks who called for the ordinance said it was greatly needed to assist the City Council in making effective decisions that affect all of Warner Robins. It will give the City Council and the citizens a chance to study, he said.

“We need to give people an opportunity to look at it themselves and come before us,” Wilbanks said.

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