Friday, November 24, 2006
Town Administrator renews contract
Carlisle's Board of Selectmen has agreed on a new three-year contract for Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie, retroactively effective as of October 1 when her old contract expired. Board Chair Doug Stevenson explained that because contract negotiations were not finished in September, the Selectmen had extended her previous contract for two months through the end of November. Stevenson and Selectman Bill Tice are conducting McKenzie's annual performance review, which is still underway. Stevenson said they were doing a more thorough review than most years, trying to contact a broader section of the Town Hall community. Once all the data is gathered and future performance goals set, the results will be discussed in a public meeting.
Stevenson admitted that normally a review would be completed before the contract was signed, but said that none of the Selectmen felt the outstanding details of the review would be significant enough to affect the implementation of a new contract or merited further delaying the contract renewal.
McKenzie was given a $6,000 raise for each year of the contract, bringing her salary to $93,000 this year and to $105,000 by the end of the three-year period. "We're average to low" Stevenson said, when compared to the nine towns of Boxford, Boxborough, Groton, Dover, Harvard, Lincoln, Littleton, Sherborn and Wenham. The Selectmen used salary survey data from the Massachusetts Municipal Personnel Association. The range of values included Wenham, which paid its Town Administrator $82,000 in FY06, and top-paying Lincoln, whose Town Administrator earned $114,500.
Other contract changes include an increase in severance pay from one month to three months and an increase in vacation time from four to five weeks.
McKenzie, Carlisle's fifth Town Administrator, was hired in June of 2000. She is starting her third three-year contract.
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