Turnover among some department heads in the Town of Tonawanda means new salaries, while the pay of elected officials will remain unchanged.
A new salary and pay schedule for town officials, as well as for town employees not covered by collective-bargaining agreements, was part of a lengthy agenda for the Town Board’s annual reorganization meeting Thursday afternoon.
Lawmakers approved the agenda’s 55 resolutions in about 30 minutes.
The annual pay of elected officials has remained unchanged for several years. The town supervisor’s job, which also includes the title of budget officer, pays $77,052. The superintendent of highways and sanitation is paid $87,074 and each of the two town justices receives $62,812 annually. The town clerk, who also serves as the registrar of vital statistics, is paid a total of $75,655.
Members of the Town Board again will be paid $19,467 each. Councilman Joe Emminger also earns a $5,077 stipend for his role as deputy supervisor.
Meanwhile, the director of recreation, Jeffrey P. Ehlers, who was named to the post in January 2013,will receive $101,000 while his predecessor earned $107,373. Supervisor Anthony F. Caruana said the board is pleased with Ehlers’ performance and did not have to fill the assistant director position Ehlers vacated.
Incoming director of water and wastewater Michael E. Kessler will earn $98,000 when he takes over in March from Ken Maving, who earned $107,373 last year before retiring.
Salary increases of roughly 2 percent were approved for some department heads, including the police chief, whose salary increased to $123,524.
In other business Thursday, James Webster was appointed to a two-year term as comptroller, with a salary of $98,000. He takes over for longtime former comptroller Edward D. Mongold, who retired last year and earned $107,373 in the position.
John J. Flynn was reappointed to a two-year term as town attorney; the $98,081 annual salary remained unchanged.