Council Formalizes Manager's Contract
Borough manager Tom Metzler signed his official contract on Wednesday, which pays him $140,000 per year to start.
Council voted unanimously Tuesday to formalize borough manager Tom Metzler's contract through 2013.
Per its terms, Metzler will make an annual salary of $140,000 until the end of this year. He'll then make a salary of $145,000 for the first half of 2013, and a salary of $150,000 during next year's second half.
The gradual pay increases built into Metzler's contract over the course of the next 18 months do not represent pay raises, he explained.
Rather, they're the result of a misunderstanding that occurred when he was hired in January.
"When I started, the agreement that I made was that I would work under the same terms and conditions that my predecessor did," explained Metzler, who said he was told that former manager Timothy Stafford made $150,000. "My expectation was that I was going to start working making $150,000 a year. Unfortunately, according to Tim’s contract, he was only making $140,000."
Upon realizing the salary discrepancy, Metzler said he felt conflicted and worked out a compromise with council.
"My dilemma was, and is, that after I got here and I realized what the financial situation of the town was, how could I turn around and say to my employees, 'We’re all in this together, but, P.S., they need to pay me more money,'" he said. "So I basically said to council that I was willing to waive that until the end of the year and then gradually bring it up to where [I was told it would be]."
A bi-partisan council committee made up of Councilman Kurt Peluso and Deputy Mayor John Cosgrove negotiated the manager's contract. Once the compromise agreement was struck within committee, it was brought to council and discussed in closed session, where council unanimously agreed to its terms.
Metzler said he signed the contract Wednesday morning.