Brookfield trustees on Oct. 26 voted unanimously to give Village Manager Timothy Wiberg a 5-percent pay raise, increasing his annual salary to $183,750.
Wiberg was hired in September 2018 after a 15-year stint in the same job in Lincolnwood. Since taking charge at village hall, Wiberg has restructured the entire management staff, the exception being Finance Director Doug Cooper, the only director-level employee predating Wiberg’s arrival.
In voting to approve the pay raise, Trustee Michael Garvey said Wiberg provided stability to what had been a tumultuous couple of years prior to his arrival.
“I think Tim has done an excellent job as village manager,” said Garvey. “We’ve gone through some difficult times. When we brought him on, these weren’t the things we thought he would have to help us with, but him and his staff have adapted very well. I think there’s been tremendous ability of leadership due to Tim.”
Trustee Ed Cote had similar praise for Wiberg, saying, “You can tell since Tim’s come on board the changes in our village. They’ve been noticeable. Everything has been better since he has been [here].”
Wiberg replaced Keith Sbiral, who had started with the village in 2006 as assistant village manager and worked his way into the top job by 2014. But, things inside village hall soured by 2017 marked by instability in the Public Works Department leadership and culminating in a mass resignation of the village’s Fire and Police Commission.
Structural changes Sbiral planned to make inside village hall – without publicly announcing them and reportedly without apprising elected officials — in early 2018 put him at odds with President Kit Ketchmark, who told the Landmark a month after Sbiral resigned that his proposed changes were met with “universal concern.”
While Wiberg technically did not get a scheduled pay raise resulting in a formal amendment to his contract last year, he was the recipient of a pay bump that had been written into his initial deal.
Hired at a base salary of $165,000 in September 2018, Wiberg’s contract called for him to get a $10,000 increase after nine months if he accomplished certain goals and objectives.
The village board voted to approve that pay boost in July 2019 via a resolution recognizing that Wiberg had attained those goals, which included reviewing and recommending staffing levels and organizational structure, completing a study comparing Brookfield’s organizational structure with similar municipalities, revamping the village board packet to make it more user-friendly, overseeing the creation and adoption of the 2019 budget, providing recommendations on improving audio/visual technology in the council chamber, hiring a public works director, overseeing new development projects and developing a plan for implementing the village’s comprehensive plan.
With the raise approved last week, the only formal amendment to his contract, Wiberg’s salary has increased by 11.3 percent in a little over two years.