New Albany City Council on Feb. 21 approved a new contract for city manager Joseph Stefanov.

New Albany City Council on Feb. 21 approved a new contract for city manager Joseph Stefanov.

He received a 2.5-percent pay increase and will earn $131,200 this year.

"Joe's pay range was increased 2.5 percent, which is reflective of the cost of living increase given to all other employees," said Scott McAfee, the city's communications director.

The value of Stefanov's benefits package did not increase. He receives an annual car allowance of $7,200, and his insurance, the same as that paid for other city employees, costs the city $23,132 annually.

The city also does not contribute to the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System on his behalf, McAfee said.

Stefanov was evaluated by city council on his "communication skills, interpersonal skills, leadership, resource management, quality of work, knowledge, judgment, reliability and meeting performance objectives," McAfee said.

Stefanov was hired by the city in 2000.

- Lori Wince