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Council Member Wants Salary Oversight For NES Executives

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Metro councilman said if taxpayers do not have a choice in electric services, they deserve a voice in how much money Nashville Electric Service managers are taking home.

Councilman Jim Gotto said NES eats-up 9 of the top 20, metro salaries. The highest paid Metro employee, according to Gotto, is NES president and CEO Decosta Jenkins.

In April of 2008, Jenkins reportedly made an annual salary of $257,420.

"These are the only Metro employees, if you will, that don't have to have their pay approved by the council. The only management type, metro employees, so," said Gotto.

Gotto wants to add some oversight, an additional layer of accountability, in who makes what. First, he needs council support to alter the city's charter, which is 27 ‘yea' votes.

Then the question of "Should your council member have final say on NES executive salaries?" could be answered in a special election.

NES salaries are simply signed-off on by the electric power board, an appointed panel with not one elected member.

Gotto said voters should have a say in how their money's spent. He said after all, it's the voters who pay the NES bills with no power alternative.

"When you have a monopoly, and that kind of skewed pay scale, then something's wrong," said Gotto.

Councilman Gotto said his resolution will be in committee on Monday. The first and only reading could come before full council as early as next week.

NewsChannel 5's effort to contact NES officials were unsucessful Thursday evening.

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