Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


December 5, 2013

Town manager's goals on table while salary talks on hold

Midway through the fiscal year, Town Manager Reginald “Buzz” Stapczynski is still awaiting his annual compensation package from the town.

But as his raise remains on the table, the town manager continues to fulfill his 2013 goals as new ones for next year begin to take shape.

Last year, the Board of Selectmen approved Stapczynski’s compensation package in September, awarding him a 2 percent merit increase and a $737 bonus, bringing his annual salary to $151,123.

Stapczynski should have been scheduled for a new raise sometime this fall. But the town manager said last Friday that he and selectmen aren’t currently talking numbers.

“We are not negotiating at the moment. We’ve been busy with other things,” said Stapczynski, whose current five-year contract with the town expires in 2015.

A subcommittee of the selectmen, made up of Chairman Alex Vispoli and member Paul Salafia, has held numerous meetings and given several updates to the board about the town manager’s 2013 goals.

Any salary increase or bonus would be tied to whether Stapczynski met those goals and how he approaches future ones, officials have said. Once approved, his raise would be retroactive to July 1.

So far, Stapczynski has fulfilled many of his current goals, although a couple remain out of reach:

Funding the town’s pension and retiree health insurance liability. Stapczynski presented an update on his plan at a Tri-Board meeting of selectmen, Finance Committee and School Committee. The plan includes a variety of measures to reduce the long-term cost of retirees’ pensions and health insurance, including making larger annual payments into the town’s retirement system as well as making structural changes in union and non-union contracts to reduce the town’s long-term liability to retirees.

Merger of the Department of Public Works and Plant and Facilities. Although selectmen say the goal was reached, the project is still in the works and a new director for both departments has not yet been hired.

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