VINITA PARK, MO (KTVI) – Fox 2’s ‘You Paid For It’ team shines the spotlight on one of the highest paid mayors of any small municipality in St Louis County.
While most of mayors average around $15,000, the Vinita Park Mayor James McGee gets $40,000; this in a city of just 1,800 people, where 30 percent of the residents live below the poverty line. In fact, McGee says he deserves more money, since he serves as both mayor and city administrator.
However, Vinita Park pays a city clerk more than $40,000 to help handle day-to-day details of running the government.
An alderman echoed the Mayor McGee's sentiment, saying the salaries were set before they got there.
The current board and mayor do have the power to roll the pay back, but don't seem inclined to do that.
Fox 2 News did speak with a community that forced its mayor's pay to be slashed. Former Pine Lawn Mayor Sylvester Caldwell was paid an annual salary of $60,000. He was forced to step down after pleading guilty to federal charges of excepting money for a tow company operator. Citizens there forced the Pine Lawn Board of Aldermen to lower the mayor’s pay from $60,000 to $7,500.