Salary commission Chairman and former Mayor John J. Guerin Jr. as he appeared on WHAV’s Open Mike Show several years ago.
A Salary Survey Commission, appointed last January by Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini, recommends revised annual salaries for city councilors and the mayor while abolishing “non-documented, monthly expense payments to any elected official.”
On Tuesday’s city council meeting agenda, commission Chairman and former Mayor John J. Guerin Jr. will present the panel’s findings. It compared models from “a host of other Massachusetts municipalities in order to recommend a fair and appropriate level of compensation.” After “very time consuming” data gathering and subsequent meetings in April and May, the commission has recommended councilor salaries be set at $15,000 while the council president would be paid $18,000. Also the commission recommended a $110,000 mayor’s annual salary and no recommendation on school committee compensation as it was adjusted “fairly recently.”
“The Salary Survey Commission presents these recommendations for the city council, as the city’s legislative body, to review, deliberate and eventually codify in ordinance form, if it so chooses,” a summary statement reads. “We make no recommendation to adjust school committee compensation but urge the council to codify current compensation for that board. Further, we recommend that the city council make its own determination as to whether elected city officials should continue to be eligible for health insurance benefits purchased through the city’s plans.”
As WHAV reported last January, the Salary Survey Commission was formed by Fiorentini, as requested by Councilor Thomas J. Sullivan, after councilors in December were forced to rescind a $2,400 increase in each councilor’s expense account amid concerns about its legality. Also last year, school committee members voted to revoke its own expense account increases without discussion.
In addition to Guerin, appointed commission members include former city Personnel Director Mary Carrington, 61 Upland Ave.; Jeffery Linehan, president, Diversified Business Systems, 144 Hilldale Ave.; and Stacey L. Bruzzese, president, Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, 80 Merrimack St. Fiorentini also appointed non-voting members City Solicitor William D. Cox Jr., 8 Richmond St., and current city Personnel Director Denise McClanahan, of Woburn. Members’ terms expire June 30.
The Haverhill City Council meets at 7 p.m., Tuesday, in Theodore A, Pelosi Jr. Council Chambers at Haverhill City Hall.