Council approves raise for Town Manager
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Oct. 6, 2011
At its Sept. 29 meeting, the Glastonbury Town Council voted unanimously to give Town Manager Richard Johnson a pay increase. Council Chair Susan Karp said the decision came after a yearly review of Johnson, in which all council members took part. She added that for the last two fiscal years, Johnson forewent any increase.
“That was reflective of the times,” Karp said. “This year, we looked at Richard's salary, and performance, perhaps more importantly. In reviewing the performance evaluations... Richard's performance is exemplary over the past few years. He has always kept us very well-informed. He has excelled at our budget process, at managing our capitol programs, at looking at ways to save money.”
Karp added that Johnson's efforts during tropical storm Irene exemplified his leadership.
“I think that tested us in so many ways – the preparedness of our staff, our relationship with the community, our ability to communicate with them to try to understand their concerns,” Karp said. “Not only was Richard praised by people here in Glastonbury, but by people in other communities.”
“It's without doubt that we are extremely lucky to have an individual as talented and professional as Richard Johnson leading the 'ship of state,'” said Councilman Tim Coon. “We need to recognize his performance.”
Johnson's salary will increase by 3.16-percent to $163,000 per year.