Special Ithaca council meeting Wednesday will set Chief of Staff salary

Mayor Svante Myrick named Dan Cogan as the City of Ithaca’s new Chief of Staff earlier this month, and a special Common Council meeting has been called for this Wednesday to make the appointment official and set a salary.

According to the agenda for Wednesday’s 6pm meeting, there’s just one order of business — a resolution to appoint Cogan as Chief of Staff at an annual salary of $96,000.

Dan Cogan, the City of Ithaca's next Chief of Staff.

Dan Cogan, the City of Ithaca’s next Chief of Staff.

“I am thrilled that he agreed to join the City of Ithaca team!” said Mayor Svante Myrick of Cogan in early April. “We’re lucky to have him.”

Mr. Cogan served on the Common Council from 2002-2011, and was acting mayor under Mayor Carolyn Peterson for five years, available to fill in when the mayor couldn’t be on hand for a meeting or event.

Cogan will be just the second Chief of Staff for the City, stepping into a job Mayor Myrick created in his first term to take some administrative tasks off the mayor’s plate. The job was held by Kevin Sutherland until last summer, when he left for a job in New England. The mayor says the role is “focused on managing and fostering cooperation between the City’s departments so that we can best serve Ithaca’s public.”

The Chief of Staff salary is nearly two-thirds higher than the Mayor’s own salary, which was raised to $58,561 effective this year. That’s about a 10% bump over the previous salary, and the job is still officially a “part-time” position.

Cogan’s job is officially slated to begin May 1. He said, “The ten years I spent on Common Council was the most satisfying period of my career. I am grateful for the opportunity to once again serve this community. I have enormous respect for city staff and Ithaca’s elected officials, and I look forward to working with them to improve life in the city.”

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