Woodland City Council votes to make mayor full time

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The Woodland City Council narrowly passed a resolution Monday night designed to make Mayor Grover Laseke a full-time employee, possibly as soon as early July.

The council will vote on an ordinance in June to make the change official, city officials said.

Laseke is a part-time employee who works around 20 hours a week. According to the resolution, his hours would increase to 40 or more per week, and his pay would go from $9,800 annually to $39,800 annually until the end of his term in 2015. At that time, the city would seek to hire a city administrator.

The council passed the resolution 4-3 during Monday night’s council meeting. Council members Benjamin Fredricks, Susan Humbyrd, Marilee McCall and Al Swindell voted for the resolution. Councilmen J.J. Burke, Marshall Allen and Steve Perry opposed it.

Laseke currently makes $65,000 per year as Cowlitz County’s Emergency Preparedness Director. He plans to step down from the position if the council approves the ordinance to make the mayor’s job full time, he said Tuesday.