City Councilors To Debate How Much To Pay The Mayor

Oct 6, 2013

City Councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts on Monday will consider a pay raise for the mayor. 

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno speaks to reporters after he was re-elected to a third term in 2011
Credit WAMC

    The $95,000 annual salary for the mayor in Springfield has not changed in 16 years. Mayor Domenic Sarno believes a raise is overdue, but he said he does not want the debate to become a referendum on his job performance

   The Springfield Chamber of Commerce  in a report to the city council in May recommended a $40,000 increase in the mayor’s salary. The report said it was justified considering the duties of the office, a comparison of  other mayors’ salaries and about 100 Springfield employees are currently  paid more than the chief executive.