Andy Hamilton

Andy Hamilton

Kelso’s new city manager, Andy Hamilton, will make $133,300 annually after the City Council approved his contract last week.

Hamilton said Monday he was “pleased” with the outcome. His first day will be Oct. 1.

His contract closely mirrors that of former manager Steve Taylor’s, though it is $9,000 less than the city paid Taylor, Hamilton said.

Hamilton, who was the city’s police chief for a decade, also collects $50,000 annually for his pension following his retirement in April. That means Hamilton will earn a little more than $183,000 annually.

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“The Department of Retirement set up standards for the retirement system,” he said. “This is something I’ve earned through my service at the police department. It’s something that a number of people exercise all across the state.”

“I’m looking forward to getting in and being able to make the city a better place,” he added.

Also during last week’s meeting, the City Council swore-in 24-year Kelso Police Department veteran Detective Tim Gower to the rank of sergeant. He will replace Rich Fletcher, who was promoted to captain last month.

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