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February 28, 2014

Council raises mayor's salary

Driscoll gets pay boost to $120,000, council to $12,000


Eppley has said he intends to put together a proposal to end the linkage between the pay for councilors and the mayor.

The raise for both councilors and the mayor will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. Eppley had introduced a proposal that would delay raises for councilors from starting before the next city election, but that motion failed in committee last night.

Councilor Arthur Sargent did not attend last night’s meeting.

Two people spoke against the raise during the public comments section of the meeting.

Neil H. Dempsey can be reached at





Salaries of other mayors and city councilors in region


Mayor: $106,000*

City Councilor: $11,700**


Mayor: $192,396

City Councilor: $3,000***


Mayor: $100,000

City Councilor: $11,500


Mayor: $101,000****

City Councilor: $5,000*****


Mayor: $105,000

City Councilor: $9,450


Mayor: $118,521

City Councilor: $16,084******


Mayor: $145,000

City Councilor: $28,000*******

*Sum consists of $100,000 base and $6,000 for expenses.

**The City Council president receives $12,333.

***The City Council president receives $3,500.

****Sum consists of $98,000 base and $3,000 for travel expenses.

*****The City Council president receives $6,720.

******The City Council president receives $17,928.

*******The City Council president receives $29,500.

Source: Lisa Cammarata, Salem’s director of human resources



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