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Haverhill

March 18, 2014

DeNaro agrees to 4-year contract extension

Will make $220K a year to lead police, fire departments through 2019

HAVERHILL — Public Safety Commissioner Alan DeNaro will remain the city’s highest paid employee for at least four more years.

DeNaro, 58, who oversees the city’s police and fire departments and serves at Haverhill’s emergency management director, will be paid more than $220,000 per year through 2019, according to his new contract.

DeNaro’s contract was set to expire in October 2015, but Mayor James Fiorentini agreed to extend the agreement by four years in a document signed by the commissioner and mayor on Nov. 26 of last year.

The extension was not publicly revealed when it happened and The Eagle-Tribune learned of it only recently.

DeNaro’s base police chief salary is $165,000, but he also receives $26,192 per year to oversee the Fire Department, $8,000 per year as emergency management director and $22,000 per year in education bonus pay, according to his contract.

DeNaro also was to receive a 2 percent raise to his police chief salary in 2011, according to his contract.

DeNaro is about to get another raise tonight. His contract says he is to receive pay raises identical to members of the police superior officers’ union. The 20 officers in that union are set to get cost of living pay hikes in their new contract, which is expected to be approved by City Council tonight.

In addition to salary compensation, the city also provides DeNaro with an automobile and pays all related expenses for it, according to his contract. Other annual monetary benefits include $1,750 for clothes, $400 for a handgun and $700 hazardous duty pay.

In response to an inquiry, the mayor said he was pleased to confirm that DeNaro had agreed to the extension.

“I am very pleased that Mayor Fiorentini has provided me the opportunity to remain as the chief of police for the Haverhill Police Department,” DeNaro said in a written statement. “My family truly loves living here. Since my arrival in October 2002 we have been welcomed and made to feel as if we have lived here our entire lives. I feel truly blessed and honored to be able to work for such a great city.”

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