Spinning Practice in Scotch Plains

Scotch Plains Township Manager Al Mirabella might have thought he was being helpful to Mayor Kevin Glover when he tried to explain his higher salary:
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In this week’s Times Mayor Glover remembered a little more:

Mayor Glover told The Times this week that in January, he had met with chief financial officer Lori Majeski “to ask how raises for the township manager were handled in the past because I wanted to ensure the appropriate process was followed.” He claimed that Ms. Majeski told him that “the process has been that the mayor awards raises to the township manager.”
OK, fall guy found. But in an election year in Scotch Plains it won’t be that easy (continuing with the Times article):

But two of the mayor’s predecessors said otherwise, with Martin Marks, a Republican who served as mayor from 2000 through 2008, telling The Times that, “salary increases were never given out unilaterally to the manager without thorough discussion among the entire council,” adding that Mayor Glover— a Democrat who was a council member for six years prior to being elected mayor—“knows that, too.” Calling the mayor’s action “complete arrogance,” Mr. Marks pointed out that if the mayor did have private discussions with other council members about the salary increase, “then he has acted improperly as well.”
Former mayor Nancy Malool, who served from 2009 through May 2012, told The Times that, in the council-manager form of government that exists in Scotch Plains, “the mayor cannot act unilaterally on anything, with very few exceptions such as performing weddings. “The mayor cannot give the manager a raise,” she said. “The whole governing body needs to weigh in.” She said there is no precedent for a mayor handing out a salary increase without the council’s assent.
Thomas Atkins, who served as township manager from 1980 to 2008, also said the mayor in a council-manager form of government has “no authority to change the manager’s salary; only the council as a whole can do so.” Speaking to The Times, he pointed out that the manager has the legal authority to establish salaries for non-union appointed staff except for council members, the manager himself and the municipal legal team.

So what are the numbers?

Resolution No. 2015-047 put Mirabella’s salary at $145,000 but Ordinance 2015-019, which was tabled last year, and Ordinance 2016-15, which had its first reading on July 26, 2016, could have it at up to $180,000 if Mayor Glover feels like giving it to him.
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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by bpaterson on September 8, 2016 at 9:40 am

    JB1-thnx for the salary range ordinance. All towns councils vote on this annually or whenever a salary needs to be extended out of the range. One item that jumps out is the RVSA representative who gets a salary of $500 to $1200. This position is really should be civic responsibility proudly volunteered by a town resident. One wonders who is getting this extra slush money, probably easy to find out if one wants. This amount should be dropped and be a tax savings. And assistant public information officer?, human resource coordinator?, technical assistant? municipal dept head?. Some of these fluff job titles can also be done by others in the township govt, increasing their salary. This means that Mirabella may actually be making more than just his town manager salary dollar amount, it gets added on top.

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