Marquis found that the fire chief’s salary came in below the market rate for comparable positions in the region, so the post was eligible for an equity adjustment of 1.9 percent. This raise will be spread out in two $1,000 increases, with one pay bump occurring on Jan. 1 and another on July 1, 2014, Marquis said. Fire Chief Kevin Farrell earned $118,600 in 2012, with $3,600 of that coming in the form of overtime compensation for responding as part of state hazardous materials team, Marquis said.
Marquis also gave the board what he called a “substantial list of achievements” by the management staff, including implementing a new health care program that netted the town $200,000 in savings, and the construction management of a $21 million upgrade to the town’s water treatment plant and the renovation of Danvers High in time for it to open for the start of school last month.
Selectman David Mills said that while he knows many people in town who are living on “very, very fixed incomes” and who are concerned about town spending and taxes, Mills praised Marquis for the “scholarly attention” he gives the management compensation plan and the transparency of it.
Longtime town accountant Leonard Marshall also received rave reviews from selectmen during his performance evaluation, winning praise for his work to oversee the installation of smart water and electric meters in homes and businesses. Marquis said Marshall was on the front line of any backlash from this project. Marshall also acts as the public works business manager and serves as chairman of the town’s Retirement Board.
Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at email@example.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.