As the Montrose Shopping Park Assn. lurches through a revamp among its leadership and possible changes at its popular farmers market, board members have unanimously agreed to give their executive director a 50% raise.
The vote earlier this month increases the annual salary for Dale Dawson, who served on the board for many years before the group hired him as executive director a few years ago, from $12,000 to $18,000.
Dawson said he deserved the raise, as his responsibilities have increased due to more park activities and the board separating itself from former City Councilman John Drayman, a one-time board member who often helped out when the association needed his aid.
He often helped run the Sunday Montrose Harvest Market. Glendale police are investigating embezzlement allegations brought by the board against Drayman, but have declined to comment on the investigation.
“It’s been absolutely overwhelming,” Dawson said of his workload.
Drayman said his volunteer work for the business improvement district board was limited to the farmers market and said he was surprised that Dawson pointed to his absence as a reason for the raise.