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Promotion to city clerk would mean big raise

Published April 18, 2004

PINELLAS PARK - Diane Corna, the new city clerk, could get a big salary boost next week.

City officials have proposed increasing her salary to about $57,803 annually, retroactive to the date of her appointment. That's $12,646 more than she was earning as deputy city clerk.

She also could receive an additional $150 monthly car allowance, under a proposal the Pinellas Park City Council will consider this week.

The city will save money with this change of clerks. Corna's predecessor, Kathy Witherington Rogers, was earning almost $77,000 after four years on the job.

Corna's proposed pay is at the bottom of the range for city clerks in 39 Florida cities with populations between 35,000 and 100,000 that Pinellas Park officials surveyed. The high salary among those was $87,984.

Corna, 45, has worked for the city since March 1994. She became interim city clerk March 22 when Rogers moved to North Carolina with her husband. At the time, Corna's salary was boosted 5 percent to $47,415 a year.

The City Council appointed her as permanent clerk April 8 and directed City Manager Mike Gustafson to negotiate her salary.

Last Wednesday, Corna promoted Christine Gardner to deputy city clerk. Gardner, 32, has worked with the city since November 1998. Until her promotion, she was a senior staff assistant earning about $30,430.

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