Two percent raises for most of town's executives

Two percent raises for most of town's executives

CUMBERLAND - Most of town government's 41 executive staff members and other non-unionized staff would see about a 2 percent raise this year under an ordinance before the Town Council.

But two are singled out for $6,000 raises because their salaries are so much lower than others doing the same job in other communities.

Building Official Neil Hall would be boosted to $65,791 from $59,791 and Recreation Director Mike Crawley to $50,287 from $44,287.

Salaries for these positions vary widely among towns and cities, but the increase puts Hall roughly average among building officials, however, many are getting in the low to mid-$70,000 range, according to a report by the state Division of Municipal Finance for 2013.

Even with the raise, Crawley will remain one of the lowest paid recreation directors among those communities with full-time positions. Nearly all of his counterparts are making $15,000 to as much as $40,000 more.

Not included in this ordinance is the mayor's salary that some councilors had hoped to see increased from one of the lowest in the state.

An effort to make it $100,000, up from the current $67,800, failed earlier this year, although some indicated at the time that they might approve less of an increase.

The positions listed as earning more than the mayor are: Finance director and deputy director, town solicitor/human resources director, director of Planning and Community Development, police chief, director of Public Works, Rescue Services director, and superintendent of the Water Department.