Denver District Attorney Beth McCann will get a raise as long as city employees do, too

It’s standard for elected city offices to get wage increases.

Denver District Attorney Beth McCann speaks at a press conference inside her office at the Wellington Webb Municipal Building, Nov. 20. 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver District Attorney Beth McCann speaks at a press conference inside her office at the Wellington Webb Municipal Building, Nov. 20. 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Denver City Council on Monday granted Denver District Attorney Beth McCann a 1 percent raise in 2022 and pay hikes for the following two years, with some caveats.

McCann, the city’s top criminal prosecutor and an elected official, makes over $228,000 a year. Under the proposal, she would see a 1 percent raise in 2022 and 3 percent raises in 2023 and 2024, but only if city workers earn raises of their own. Denver’s prosecutor won’t get a raise this year, and neither will other city workers, as the government tries to crawl out of a pandemic-induced hole.

Late last year, City Council President Stacie Gilmore questioned whether the 3 percent salary hikes were necessary given the city’s tight economic situation and the fact that McCann’s first term featured yearly raises of just 2 percent.

Councilmembers granted the raise by a vote of 12 to 1, with Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca dissenting.

It’s standard practice for Denver’s elected officials to receive new pay scales ever four years. Denver City Council even votes on raises for itself, as well as the mayor.

This story was updated to correct a reporting error. In 2022, 2023, and 2024, McCann will receive raises only if city workers receive wage increases as well. Previously, Denverite reported that she would receive a salary bump in 2024 no matter what.

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