"I will tell you that I primarily didn't approve of the pay raise for the position," Lucero said when reached by phone Monday. "The raise vastly outpaces what city employees have seen."
Fuqua's annual salary stood at $90,000. His new contract bumped his income by nearly 16 percent to $107,000, plus benefits including a city car, laptop computer, cell phone and health insurance. Fuqua's contract was renewed through Aug. 31, 2014, by a vote of 2-1, with Matt Pennington and Curtis Lynch approving.
Not all council members think the pay raise is exorbitant.
"We looked at what other city's were paying their managers," Lynch said Monday. "David was receiving less than what Aztec was paying their manager."
Aztec City Manager Joshua Ray makes $90,000, but a new contract that is up for approval during a special meeting tonight will increase his pay to $103, 000, $4,000 less than Fuqua.
Fuqua, who has been city manager since 2010, faces a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him and the city by a former city employee.
The suit, filed Oct. 9 by Jane Shipman in the 11th Judicial District, alleges that Fuqua treated Shipman and other female city employees in a demeaning manner and that despite Shipman's exemplary employment record she was summarily dismissed.
Lucero said Monday that the sex discrimination and harassment charges did not factor into his vote against renewing Fuqua's contract.
Fuqua has not offered a comment on the allegations.