According to information provided by executive director Barney Levengood, several key employees received raising totaling roughly $55,000 over the last 12 months.
Special Service Manager Jen Ross' pay increased 9.3%; sports event coordinator Andy Arnold's 9.6%;Director of Operations Tom Boyles' 14.1% and Stadium Director Mike Fox's 35.6%.
Foxes pay was $94,507 in April of 2008. It's now $128,242.
CIB Vice President Pat Early said Fox received the vast majority of that increase last June, less than three months before Lucas Oil Stadium opened. Early said Fox, hired to run the Hoosier Dome in 1984, was considering other job offers and they couldn't afford to lose him and the institutional knowledge he provided."
It was a decision we felt we needed to make at that time," Early said. "Our main fear was we'd let a guy go who'd done a fantastic job because we couldn't match his compensation and then we'd turn around and spend $50,000 to get someone brand new."
Early said Fox's pay was based on what his peers were making elsewhere."Even at that level of compensation, it was well within the range of people doing what he was doing across the country," Early said . . .
Fox's salary includes a 3% pay increase that all CIB employees (with the exception of Executive Director Barney Levengood) received January 1, 2009.
The raises came just as the severity of the CIB's financial troubles were coming to light. "Overall, it wasn't much more than the cost of living, but certainly any raises are hard to defend given where we are in the financial crisis," Early said.
But he also said, "If we start losing good people and things start spiraling down, then we really have a problem, something we won't recover from."
Early added he has no regrets about increasing Fox's pay. "I stand by it today. He's a very talented guy and he runs a great operation."
Here are some of my questions. Did the CIB offer these pay raises at this critical point as a way of retaining key personnel? Were the raises an added incentive to keep people from talking about the true financial picture of the CIB? In particular, can Mike Fox verify that it really costs an extra $20 million to operate Lucas Oil Stadium? If these key personnel are doing such a good job, why has the CIB been running deficits for the past decade?