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SAWS Board reviews metrics, gives CEO 5% raise, $100,000 bonus

After hearing from outside consultants, the San Antonio Water System’s board approved a raise and $100,000 bonus for the water and sewer utility’s top official.

At its July meeting on Tuesday, the SAWS board of trustees approved a 5 percent pay increase for President and CEO Robert Puente. The increase takes Puente’s annual salary from $468,194 to $496,520, effective July 3.

For his work in 2018, the board also recommended a $100,000 performance bonus for Puente, a former state representative and chair of the Texas House’s Natural Resources Committee who has headed the municipally owned utility since 2008.

Last year, Puente turned down a similar bonus, calling it a “distraction.”

Read more from Brendan Gibbons with Rivard Report here