Mayor’s Salary Rises to $105k
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Since: Apr 08
#1 Nov 27, 2012
November 21, 2012
By Joseph Domelowicz Jr.
The Everett Common Council voted 16-1 in agreement with the Board of Aldermen’s vote last week to raise the pay for the city’s top elected official from $85,000 annually to $105,000 per year, beginning on January 1, 2013.
The vote gives the mayor a $20,000 annual raise, and helps bring the position into alignment with what other area municipal mayors are getting paid, and also helps to get the mayor toward the top of the pay scale here in Everett as well.
According to Mayor DeMaria’s Communications Director Alyson Dell Isola, the motion to increase the mayor’s salary did not originate with the Mayor’s office and it was not an issue that he had asked the city council to consider.
Rather, the issue came up during a recent salary study of Everett municipal employees, when compared to other cities and towns across eastern Massachusetts.
“This was proposed by the council (Alderman Sal Sachetta and Councilor Rosa DiFlorio) and was based on the recent salary study that was conducted by the Council,” explained Dell Isola.“That study showed that not only was the mayor paid less than what other area mayors are paid in their cities, but that there are several positions within the city government that were paid more than the mayor.”
The article that was passed by the council also includes a mechanism for revisiting the Mayor’s salary each year, beginning on January 1, 2014, and adjusting the pay by applying the three-year average of the unadjusted consumer price index, essentially providing an automatic raise tied to the economy going forward.
Dell Isola did note that this will be the first pay raise for the Mayor since he first took office.
“I’m not sure when the salary for mayor was last adjusted,” said Dell Isola.“It was not during the current administration
#2 Nov 30, 2012
So the Mayor doesn't ask for a raise so these two idiots who the voters elected (Sachetta and DiFlorio) decided it was in the best interest of the citizens of Everett to give the mayor a raise? SERIOUSLY? Whats in it for you Sachetta and DiFlorio? Disgusting. Simply disgusting.
#3 Nov 30, 2012
Maybe I won't ask my boss for a raise. Do you think I'll get one anyway? This city is a joke.
#4 Nov 30, 2012
What you don't understand is this - with this kind of salary more and better qualified people will start running for office.
A $105k salary even opens my eyes.
It's not too difficult to beat anybody already involved in Everett politics the next election cycle. You don't even need any money (or very little)to do it. All you need to do is knock on doors, bring a copy of the current crime statistics, and current TAX rate statistics.
The majority of people who are currently in Everett politics have been there for many, many years. And some have had some type of run in with the law. The #1 reason they keep getting voted back into office is no one runs against them. These added raises are a very good incentive for people to run.
Either way our tax payer money is going to be spent and I'd rather have someone qualified in business or finance making decisions on how to spend it - not some guy who inherited a couple of doughnut shops and never really made it into a successful business themselves.
#5 Nov 30, 2012
One more thing - what is the #1 accomplishment of anybody currently in office? I'm not talking about a personal accomplishment either rather one that benefited the City?
#6 Nov 30, 2012
What do you mean nobody runs against him? Didn't Peter Napolitano run against him?
#7 Nov 30, 2012
I'm not just talking about the Mayor I'm talking about all of Everett's elected officials collectively. I used the mayor as an example.
And since you brought up Napolitano - do you think he was a good candidate? I didn't. Raises like the ones pols in Everett will definite bring out better candidates.
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