Letter: First Selectman supported salary increase

To the editor,

The Oct.14, 2011 edition of the Citizen’s News published an article on page 5 named “Democratic candidates vow not to raise pay,” where the Democratic candidate for first selectman, Susan Cable, announced that she and her running mate would not ask for a raise if elected on Nov. 8.

First Selectman Cable further states that earlier this year several “Republicans” suggested that the first selectman’s salary should be raised to $65,000. First Selectman Cable clearly has forgotten her last published position on raising her own salary.

It is true that several Republicans supported this revolutionary idea of paying someone a wage respective to the position and responsibilities of the job. In addition several felt that it was time to make the first selectman’s position full-time because the current part-time first selectman was allowing too many issues to slip through the cracks or go days without resolution.

The first selectman fails to mention in the article that she actively endorsed the salary increase proposal and supported giving the first selectman position a substantial raise effectively doubling the current salary. This salary discussion was taking place at the same time that the Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance were struggling with the 2011-12 proposed town budget (special meeting minutes dated March 1, March 7, and March 15, 2011).

At a special Board of Selectmen meeting held on March 8, 2011 called specifically to discuss the first selectman’s salary and other positions, First Selectman Cable presented her plan to raise her salary to $60,000 over a four-year period incrementing the salary $6,200 each year. During the discussion she felt $65,000 was too much, but would support raising the salary to $60,000. This was Susan Cable’s $60,000 plan, and was not something proposed by the Republicans.

If anyone is interested in reading the minutes of this special meeting on salaries, the minutes are posted on the town website in the 2011 minutes folder on the Board of Selectmen minutes page. These minutes are named “Board of Selectmen Minutes 3/8/11 – Special.” I have attached the full address link to the minutes. Minutes

Michael Krenesky

Beacon Falls