Layton’s 8 percent raise came as surprise

Wichita City Manager Robert Layton surely deserved some kind of raise after his four years on the job, and the City Council was right to give him one Tuesday. Layton, who had deferred any salary hikes during the downturn, has done a fine job of delivering services despite a tough budget and tackling big issues such as Project Downtown, trash and the water utility’s finances. But the city should have been more transparent about the size of that raise, 8 percent, or $15,170 atop his previous salary of $189,625. As it was, documents about the raise were released by the city only late Monday afternoon, limiting public debate before the council’s unanimous approval.