The interim president of the Metropolitan Utilities District will get a 13 percent raise while the district looks for a new leader.
Board members voted Wednesday to increase the salary of Mark Doyle, a senior vice president who has held the top job since Doug Clark resigned in September, from $185,551 to $210,483.
They deferred a vote on whether to restrict the search to internal candidates.
Clark took a job with the energy company Tenaska after 11 years at the district. His pension hasn't been calculated yet, district spokeswoman Tracey Christensen said.
Doyle, whose new salary is temporary, said it could be months before a replacement is found. His pay bump maintains the separation between the president's salary and the $200,665 salary of the highest-paid senior vice presidents, according to a memo by Patrick Tripp, the district's human resources director. The salary range for the president's job is $210,483 to $292,336.
This will be the fourth presidential search for Doyle, who was on the board from 1993 to 2011, but his first as an administrator.
The new president will inherit a budget of roughly $400 million, a workforce of 830 employees and several major projects, such as upgrading water treatment plants, accelerating the replacement of cast-iron water and gas mains and finishing a new offload facility at the district's liquefied natural gas plant.