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January 15, 2014

Town manager receives salary bump after evaluation

Crosbie: Collaboration key in first year

IPSWICH — Town Manager Robin Crosbie has received a $5,000 raise after her first year on the job.

Selectmen unanimously voted Monday night to approve the increase after a performance review that took place at the end of last year. The 2 percent cost-of-living increase and $2,300 merit increase bring her annual salary to $140,000, effective Feb. 1, according to selectmen Chairman Charles Surpitski.

This makes her the second-highest paid of town managers and administrators in six North Shore towns, behind Danvers Town Manager Wayne Marquis, who makes $192,396. Danvers has about 10,000 more residents than Ipswich.

Crosbie, the town’s first female town manager, started her work at Town Hall on Aug. 1, 2012. Her contract expires July 31, 2015.

The performance review was conducted by Surpitski and Selectman Bill Craft. The review involved three ratings — not acceptable, acceptable and outstanding — in several categories.

Selectmen said Crosbie was outstanding in providing leadership, demonstrating a positive work ethic and fostering teamwork. Other categories included problem solving, management and communications. She did not receive any “not acceptable” marks, according to the performance review.

Craft said the evaluation was an adapted version of performance reviews that the town uses for all town employees. It did not provide comments outside the rating, but Craft provided comments at a selectmen’s meeting in December.

“Overall, I think she moved to Ipswich and very quickly took on tasks that we had identified as priorities,” Craft said during an interview. This includes developing a comprehensive capital plan and a new budget process for Town Meeting, he said.

“I think she is very action-oriented,” Craft said. “In the past, we would ask the town manager to look at something, and sometimes, we would have to ask again. With Robin, within one or two meetings, she will recommend a policy or steps for us to move forward. ... She has encouraged us to move much faster than we have in the past. She picked up the pace at Town Hall, which we needed.”

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