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October 21, 2013

Danvers top managers earn 2 percent pay raises

DANVERS — The town’s 18 top managers have earned merit raises ranging from 2 to 2.5 percent, Town Manager Wayne Marquis told selectmen as he outlined this year’s management compensation plan.

The merit raises are based on performance in the prior fiscal year, and money for the raises was approved in the fiscal 2014 budget at May Town Meeting, Marquis said. Marquis’ own evaluation and compensation are handled separately from this plan.

Three of the 18 managers were deemed an “outstanding performer,” and each will be eligible for a 2.5 percent increase, Marquis told selectmen on Oct. 15. Those managers with a “commendable” rating will get a 2.25 percent raise, and those with a “fully satisfactory” rating, a 2 percent hike. Marquis said the “fully satisfactory” level has the manager meeting all the requirements of the job. Managers received merit salary increases of 1.5 percent to 2 percent last year.

“In Danvers, the bar is set quite high, and that means the person is doing their job and doing it well,” Marquis said of the “fully satisfactory” rating.

The management compensation plan covers department heads, such as the Department of Public Works director, assistant town manager, fire and police chiefs, and division managers who report to them, like the DPW director of operations, the deputy fire chief and a police captain, among others.

The plan also comes with modest step increases for managers who have not reached the maximum of their salary range, and only one manager is eligible for this step increase.

This means that many of those working in town jobs have been doing so for 20 or even 30 years.

No one received an increase due to an adjustment in the salary ranges. However, the salary range chart was increased by 2 percent “to account for inflation and market conditions over the past year,” Marquis wrote in a report to the board.

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