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Council Increases Salary Caps for Several Township Employees

Council members in attendance approved an ordinance that increases the pay ceiling for more than 30 positions

Changes in the training and responsibilities of some Manchester Township employees has led to Council members increasing the minimum and maximum salary caps for those employees.

Monday evening at their regular meeting, the council members in attendance approved an ordinance that increases the pay ceiling for more than 30 positions. The caps increased for several employees, including Chief Engineer, Chief of Police, Township Clerk and dispatchers, according to a draft of the meeting agenda posted to the township website.

The biggest salary cap increases fell within the township's data processing and communication areas. The cap for the township's director of data processing went up about $15,000, and the cap for the town's management information systems specialist went up about $10,000. 

Business Administrator Elena Zsoldos said the changes in these caps were most prominent, since "we used to have a separation between the administrative side and police department side, with technicians on either side. Now we've lumped those responsiblities together, and there is cross training for both so that both sides can handle both operations."

Under the terms of the ordinance, one township job title and description was changed, from chief dispatcher to communication supervisor, because, she said, the chief dispatcher resigned, and the town is now seeking a communications supervisor as a replacement. That hire, along with any indvidual salary increases that could now be authorized with the increased caps, would all have to be approved under seperate actions in future meetings, Zsoldos said.

She noted that in addition to the salary cap changes, the ordinance shifts the township to a calendar year cycle, instead of a fiscal year, which, several towns across New Jersey have been asked to do in recent years.

Township officials also introduced an ordinance that would require criminal history background checks for those applying to work in emergency service and public safety positions.

Covert Morris November 27, 2012 at 01:37 PM
WOW, what a surprise, typical of all elected. Get voted in, & give yourself a raise.
Billabong November 27, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Is there anyone out there who didn't think this was getting passed? As these salaries increase beyond the previous caps, exactly where is the money going to come from to pay these higher salaries? Why did the council feel that now was the right time to increase these caps? In the past five years, I've seen industries (including my own) lean on less workers to handle more responsibilities for the same or less pay. Why should the public sector be any different?
outofthere November 27, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Because the residents don't pay enough attention to whats going on!
Chris Donna Knight Celmer November 27, 2012 at 08:47 PM
The fat just keep getting fatter
Donald J Borst November 27, 2012 at 11:02 PM
They do NOTHING to earn this increase but the STUPID voters seem to continue to vote the useless incumbants back into office. Most American voters are dead from the neck up. Why can't the taxpayers vote on these increases? The reason..... WE WOULD DEMAND THAT THEY EARN THEM!!!!!!
billy madison November 30, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Happy Holidays to ALL, Well, where do I begin. One month later NO compensation from the Hurricane. These public works/water companies place the needs of the town before the needs of their own families. Where is the supervisor of the public works? Where is the dignity that they deserve while facing the elements? These men are earning ONLY $12.50/hr. All the while most have enjoyed substantial raises in the period of two years! Thankyou all people of the town for showing your support. It appears that the town is in disaray. " A house divided against itself cannot stand....."
billy madison November 30, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Knowledge is Power! Stay informed at town meetings and the tide is sure to change. Remember these people who work operate the town were elected at some pint to do a job. Thereore, They work for you and answers to the people. Interesting.......THE PEOPLE!
denver December 19, 2012 at 10:11 AM
Yes, the six-figured have given themselves a salary cap so they can give themselves MORE raises, two in 2012. Meanwhile the worker-bees have been at the mid range or at the bottom of their salary range, without an increase in 3+years, as was promised by the township AND as in their union agreement. how bout THOSE apples? their bonuses should go to the people who work hard, not sit on their rear, or to buying needed equipment to better serve the community
denver December 19, 2012 at 10:12 AM
Yes, the six-figured have given themselves a salary cap so they can give themselves MORE raises, two in 2012. Meanwhile the worker-bees have been at the mid range or at the bottom of their salary range, without an increase in 3+years, as was promised by the township AND as in their union agreement. how bout THOSE apples? their bonuses should go to the people who work hard, not sit on their rear, or to buying needed equipment to better serve the community
denver December 19, 2012 at 10:12 AM
Yes, the six-figured have given themselves a salary cap so they can give themselves MORE raises, two in 2012. Meanwhile the worker-bees have been at the mid range or at the bottom of their salary range, without an increase in 3+years, as was promised by the township AND as in their union agreement. how bout THOSE apples? their bonuses should go to the people who work hard, not sit on their rear, or to buying needed equipment to better serve the community

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