Board approves pay increase for full-time elected officials

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published November 19, 2020


MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After much debate, it was decided that full-time Macomb Township elected officials will receive a pay raise.

Carried over from the Sept. 23 meeting was discussion regarding establishing a wage and payscale for full-time elected officials.

On Nov. 10, the Board of Trustees, in a 4-3 vote, adopted the compensation adjustments.

The Nov. 10 meeting was the board’s last. The new board took office Nov. 20.

The item was originally brought up by Supervisor Janet Dunn.

Trustees Charlie Oliver and Kathy Smith, along with Clerk Kristi Pozzi and Dunn voted in favor of the adjustments. Trustees Tim Bussineau and Nancy Nevers, and Treasurer Karen Goodhue voted no.

The adjustment includes an increase of $8,500 on the first full payroll for the new elected officials, then $3,000 each of the next three years, for the supervisor, clerk and treasurer.

“The adjustment is an attempt to compensate for no increases for them for several years and to bring their salaries closer to the department directors,” Oliver said.

In the September board meeting packet, Dunn wrote that from 2017 to 2019, the annual salary benefits and compensation for the three full-time elected positions were studied extensively.

Goodhue, who was not reelected, said approving the pay raises would be a slap in the face to residents who had trouble paying bills due to economic hardship in the pandemic.

Citing that the three full-time positions in many instances exceed the duties and responsibilities of the assessor, building, finance, park and recreation, water and sewer, and planning directors and township engineer, Dunn said the three full-time elected positions haven’t received a salary adjustment since 2014.

The increase will take effect for the new township board.

Oliver added that since 2014, all full-time employees, except elected officials have received a pay increase.

“I will not be ashamed for proposing a compensation package for the full-time elected officials,” Oliver said. “They have a huge responsibility.”

In January, the board unanimously denied compensation increases for the positions of supervisor, clerk and treasurer, as well as the board itself.

The township website indicates that the supervisor earns $90,000 a year, with the treasurer and clerk making $85,000.

The board also approved reappointments to township committees and commissions.

For the Building Board of Review, Frank Bayer, James Blank, Patrick Findlan, Dale Hirtgam and Bill Thompson were appointed. Their terms end Dec. 31, 2022.

On the Planning Commission, Michael Hardy, Aaron Tuckfield and Oliver were reappointed. Hardy and Tuckfield’s terms end Dec. 31, 2023, while Oliver’s term expires Nov. 20, 2024.

The board reappointed Dave DeCoster and David Pieper to the Zoning Board of Appeals, with terms ending Dec. 31, 2023.

Finally, Ed Teller and Ed Gallagher were reappointed to the Historical Commission, with terms also ending Dec. 31, 2023.