City Salaries – The Mayor’s Position Should Set the Standard

February 23, 2011
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We have no negative comments to make about city salaries.

They are inevitably what they are.

We do complain that the mayor of the city is paid substantially less than school principals, police officers, police sergeants, lieutenants, captains and the police chief. This includes also the fire chief, deputy chiefs and assistant school superintendents.

The mayor is number 35 on the list of the top one hundred earners in city government.

It should be noted, and in the future, it is likely to be noted locally, that the governor of Massachusetts is planning to make a number of important state appointments for empty positions and none of those appointments are expected to receive a salary higher than his.

This could set a new example in state government that city government might do well to emulate.

No one should be making more money than the mayor in this city or in any city. Such a situation shows clearly how upside down our society has become over the years.

No one in city government is working on commission, which would the only reason for a city employee to earn more than his boss.

What city salaries show glaringly this year moreso than in any other year , the highest paid, for whatever reason and whatever position, are in the virtual heyday of their careers.

It is very unlikely salaries are going to rise much higher before they are capped or altogether reduced in order to meet the demands of the new economic era that is upon us.

Revere’s public employee salaries went up by two million dollars last year.

It is likely they will increase by that amount in the coming year.

All of this is unsustainable.

At some point in the near future, everything unsustainable will cease to exist and appropriate changes will be made.

That day is rapidly approaching.

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