Council extends Town Manager's contract

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Mon., Nov. 26, 2012
Richard Johnson's contract extension will make him Glastonbury's town manager through 2014. Photo by Steve Smith.
Richard Johnson's contract extension will make him Glastonbury's town manager through 2014. Photo by Steve Smith.

Pleased with the quality of management the town has received, the Glastonbury Town Council approved to extend the contract of Town Manager Richard Johnson at its meeting on Nov. 13.

Johnson has held that position since 1993. Prior to that, he was Glastonbury's assistant town manager for seven years. He holds a bachelor's degree from Southern Connecticut State University, a master's degree from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Council members praised Johnson for his efforts.

Councilman Lawrence Byar said Johnson was most professional during the chaotic times after tropical storm Irene and last October's winter storm, saying that Johnson and his staff handled those situations “extremely well,” but there was another hurdle he helped the town overcome. “Probably one of the most difficult challenges you faced this past year was that you had two-thirds of the members of the council that were brand new,” Byar told Johnson. “I appreciate your help in bringing us together and getting us where we need to be and for all the work that you've done in the past year.”

“It would be remiss if we didn't commend you on your work,” said Councilman Tim Coon. “Day-in, day-out, year-in and year-out, your professionalism and competence has been a real asset to the town. We'd like to very much present our thanks and well-deserved congratulations on another good year working for the people of this town.”

Council Chairman Chip Beckett said he has been more impressed by Johnson each year. “In my first year as chairman, I'm even more impressed than ever before,” Beckett said.

“I'd like to thank you for the long 12 months that we've survived together,” said Vice-Chair Lorraine Marchetti. “I appreciate your time and your effort.”

The council unanimously approved a 2-percent pay increase for Johnson and a contract extension through the end of 2016. His new salary will be $166,260.

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