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 On Jan. 8, the Macomb Township Board of Trustees denied compensation increases for the positions of supervisor, clerk and treasurer, as well as the board itself. The board approved a 2.5% cost-of-living raise for deputy positions in the supervisor, clerk and treasurer’s departments.

On Jan. 8, the Macomb Township Board of Trustees denied compensation increases for the positions of supervisor, clerk and treasurer, as well as the board itself. The board approved a 2.5% cost-of-living raise for deputy positions in the supervisor, clerk and treasurer’s departments.

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Pay raises denied for elected officials in Macomb Township

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published January 15, 2020 | Updated January 15, 2020 12:06pm

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb Township Board of Trustees recently took a different direction when it comes to pay raises for some township officials.

This time, the board unanimously denied compensation increases for the positions of supervisor, clerk and treasurer, as well as the board itself, at its Jan. 8 meeting.

What the board approved, in a 5-1 vote, was a 2.5% cost-of-living raise for deputy positions in the supervisor, clerk and treasurer’s departments. Trustee Tim Bussineau was the lone “no” vote.

In 2014, the board approved pay raises for the supervisor, clerk and treasurer, and trustees.

In January 2014, the Human Resources Department recommended several changes to the manner in which Macomb Township addressed compensation and benefits for the supervisor, clerk and treasurer, their deputies, as well as the board.

The motion was to set the supervisor’s annual salary at $100,000, the clerk and treasurer’s salaries at $95,000, and $9,000 for trustees, plus $200 per attended meeting.

Salaries of the deputy supervisor, deputy clerk and deputy treasurer are $78,820. The township’s website states that the supervisor earns $90,000 a year, with the treasurer and clerk making $85,000.

Prior to the vote, Clerk Kristi Pozzi shared data on her position’s compensation and how it compares to metro Detroit communities with similar populations and responsibilities.

Treasurer Karen Goodhue provided residents with a description of the work of a treasurer.

Had they been approved, the salaries for the positions under consideration for a raise would not have gone into effect until Nov. 20, after the general election. A cost-of-living increase at 2.8% would have been effective immediately.

During public comments on agenda items, a few residents voiced their opinions on why pay raises wouldn’t be necessary at this time.

One position that will receive a pay increase is the confidential assistant to the human resources director/general counsel, held by Kristin Orlando.

The confidential position is a nonunion position, created in September 2018.

“I have been extremely pleased with Ms. Orlando’s performance,” Township Attorney and Human Resources Director Tom Esordi said.

Esordi was requesting that Orlando’s annual pay increase from $51,500 to $52,787, a 2.5% increase.

“She’s been doing a great job, is a great employee, and I’m looking for her to be appropriately compensated,” he said.

It was also announced at the meeting that the township elections manager is retiring, and the township water and sewer department supervisor has resigned.

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