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March 8, 2014

Town manager gets 1.5 percent raise

ANDOVER — Town Manager Buzz Stapczynski recently got a 1.5 percent raise, bringing his salary this year to $152,642.

The raise is retroactive to July 1, 2013.

The Board of Selectmen have held numerous open and closed meetings over the last eight months to discuss the town manager’s goals and to negotiate his raise for fiscal year 2014.

Chairman Alex Vispoli said the raise was the result of many factors, including the town manager’s performance this year, recent raises given to other town employees and the condition of the town budget.

“In some years, he’s gotten more,” Vispoli said. “It’s been a range. (The raise) was a blend of goals obtained and our current situation as far as the budget situation. Everything came into play.”

In 2013, Stapczynski received a 2 percent raise and a $737 bonus. In 2012, he got a 2 percent raise and a $1,445 bonus. In 2011, the first year of his five-year contract, he earned $144,546.

His contract expires in June 2015. Stapczynski, 66, said it’s too early to say if he’s going to retire or not. “It’s still too far out,” he said. “I’m still having fun.”

Under the terms of the contract, if selectmen want to terminate Stapczynski, they need to notify him 90 days in advance. Likewise, if he wants to retire, he has to give the town 90 days’ notice.

Stapczynski said he was happy about this year’s raise.

“I think it’s great,” he said. “I’m pleased to be working for this Board of Selectmen. They are very supportive of my administration and my efforts. I was pleased to be included with the raise other employees got.”

Department heads got a 5 percent raise spread over three years, which amounts to just over 1.5 percent a year.

In discussing Stapczynski’s performance, Vispoli said that “overall, there were some things that didn’t happen and some things where there was a good job done.”

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