Like all other town employees, Blacksburg Town Manager Marc Verniel and Town Attorney Larry Spencer will each get 2 percent cost-of-living raises for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Their new salaries were approved this past Tuesday on a 7-0 vote by the Town Council, which every year separately reviews and approves those two positions’ contracts.

Verniel’s annual salary will go from $166,740 to $170,075, while Spencer’s pay will increase from $154,570 to $157,662.

Verniel and Spencer are also the only two town employees who are required by either the town charter or council to live in Blacksburg.

For comparison, Christiansburg pays its town manager Randy Wingfield an annual salary of $140,000, an amount that is slated to remain the same for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Christiansburg also has a slightly different arrangement than Blacksburg when it comes to the town attorney duties.

For legal counsel, Christiansburg contracts Salem-based firm Guynn & Waddell at a rate of $165 per hour. That rate is not slated to change next fiscal year.

Montgomery County pays its top appointed official, Craig Meadows, $175,000 a year and its county attorney Marty McMahon $190,226.

Yann Ranaivo covers local government and politics in the New River Valley, including Christiansburg, Blacksburg, Radford and Montgomery County.

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