At that time, Jacobson, whose salary is $119,849, was granted an additional $26,000 to be paid in intervals through March 31, 2018 or whenever a new administrator is hired, whichever comes first.

But Mayor Eric Bookmeyer, in a memo to the council, said Jacobson has taken on what Bookmeyer called "significant unanticipated responsibilities and pressures" since he became interim administrator.

He is recommending Jacobson be paid an additional $26,000 in the same intervals as the original arrangements.

In his memo, Bookmeyer cited Jacobson's work on "intricate personnel issues" and the downtown redevelopment project.

The personnel issue was the placing of Fire Chief Al Dyer Jr. on paid administrative leave on Nov. 2 that led to Dyer's resignation on Nov. 20.

Jacobson was also a key participant in last week's bid-off between G8 Development and Gatehouse Mason City LLC on their proposals to build a downtown hotel. On Jacobson's recommendation, the City Council approved the G8 proposal.

In other business, the council will also be asked to appoint Deputy Fire Chief Doug Janssen as interim fire chief and raise his salary from $90,625 to $94,625, retroactive to Nov. 20, for the period he serves as interim chief.

The council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Mason City Room of the public library.  

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