City council on Monday approved a 4 percent raise for Renee Bensley, who serves as city secretary and director of legislative services.

The raise equates to an additional $3,678 per year, bringing her annual salary to $95,641. She also received a 4 percent raise in 2019.

Bensley oversees elections, coordinates public meeting agendas, compiles meeting minutes, handles Freedom of Information Act requests, retains records and provides other assistance to city council, the city solicitor and various boards and commissions. In 2018, she was named Delaware Clerk of the Year by the Delaware Municipal Clerks Association.

Bensley joined the city in March 2013 after spending four years as a legislative aide to County Councilwoman Lisa Diller.

The city secretary and city manager are the only full-time employees who report directly to council and do not receive regular increases like most other city employees get. Instead, any raises must be voted on by council directly.

Council approved Bensley’s raise 4-1, with only Chris Hamilton opposed. Jen Wallace and Sharon Hughes were absent.

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