Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Did You Know?

Did you know the City of Westbrook's mayor's annual stipend is $400.00 $6,500?

According to the City Charter and Code of Ordinances, the mayor's salary can be changed only with 2/3 approval from the City Council, and the alteration would not take effect until one year after approval.

(Update: A City Councilor just e-mailed to pass along his understanding that the mayor's annual stipend is actually $6,500. I'll get confirmation this afternoon and post a correction if necessary.)

(Update, Part Deux: City Clerk Lynda Adams confirmed the mayor of Westbrook does in fact earn $6,500 per year, a salary level that was last changed in December 1987. So excuse me while I curse my electronic copy of the City Charter and Code of Ordinances that claims to have been updated as of May 19, 2009 and scrub the egg off my face.)

- John C.L. Morgan


Anonymous said...

for a volunteer position, that's a fair sum.

James T said...

I think that is half the problem the Mayor should be a full time paid position. Westbrook is to big now.

It is time we vote for a charter committee.

Anonymous said...

To big, really, We are almost a town.

Anonymous said...

The council tried to do a charter commission last fall but they mayor opposed it and brought it to a meeting when two councilors who supported it were absent.

james t said...

Doesn't mean you stop trying.

SymPrint said...

Bring back the Charter Commission...It is LONG overdue. It amazes me that the Mayor is so insecure he doesn't trust the citizens in this community to review, make changes, and vote up or down Charter revisions.