Salary of New City Budget Director, a Man, Is $38,000 Higher Than That of Former Director, a Woman

The 22% difference raises questions about pay equity at the highest levels of City Hall.

PORTLANDIA: Outside the Portland Building. (Brian Brose)

Mayor Ted Wheeler appointed a new city budget director earlier this year after former budget director Jessica Kinard left in December, concluding six years with the city.

The city hired Timothy Grewe as Kinard’s replacement with an annual salary of $210,000. Kinard’s salary at the time of her departure was $172,000.

That means Grewe’s starting salary is nearly 22% higher than Kinard’s final salary after her six years with the city.

Wheeler’s office says it followed city protocol to determine Grewe’s salary. “We submitted a request for a class comp to HR and salary was deemed appropriate based on experience and other class comp metrics,” says mayoral spokesman Cody Bowman. “Director Grewe is highly qualified for the role, bringing three decades of leadership and management experience.”

Grewe worked for the city for over 30 years before he left in 2006 to take a job with the U.S. Treasury Department. While at the city, he served as the director of the Office of Management and Finance, as well as in finance positions for other bureaus.

Kinard worked for the city beginning in 2015. Prior to that, she worked for the mayor of San Francisco in the budget office.

Just earlier this week, Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan released a report showing little progress in pay equity had been made since the state passed a pay equity bill in 2017 aimed at closing the gap in what men and women make in state government.

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