|MAYOR STODOLA WITH PHYLLIS DICKERSON, HIS SOON TO BE CHIEF OF STAFF|
Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola has demanded that two positions be created to serve under him, a chief of staff ( salary range $60k - $90k) and an assistant to the mayor (salary range $44k to $68k).
Stodola and city manager Bruce Moore almost came to blows when the mayor became enraged when Moore questioned why the positions were necessary.
Only one individual has applied for the top job, Phyllis Dickerson. Dickerson currently is employed as a Special Events & Program Coordinator in the City Manager's office with an annual salary of $65,625.00. In her new position she could make up to a 37% increase in salary.
City Human Resource personnel also questioned the need for the two costly positions when the mayor has access to any number of city hall staff members at his beck and call already.
Emails obtained reveal that Stodola "bitch slapped" Moore and pulled rank on him declaring, "Bruce we have always worked pretty well together the past 8+ years and while you might prefer something different, I really want and need this to happen and would like it to happen with your cooperation (I am the mayor bitch). Ordinance 19,761 identifies the mayor as the chief executive officer of the city and it also increases the executive authority of the mayor including a directive that all powers and duties of the city manager shall be performed at the direction of the mayor".
Both Stodola and Moore were unavailable for comment.