New EP Mayor to be Paid $90,000 Salary plus Benefits
Effective in January 2019:
The City Council approved a $90,000 salary for the City's first-ever elected Mayor. The vote during the November 21st meeting was unanimous. Some potential candidates for Mayor were awaiting the decision on salary, before they announce for the job. Two citizens have already officially announced. They are Bob DaSilva and Nicholas Oliver.
In addition to a $90,000 annual salary, the full time Mayor will receive essentially the same health and retirement benefits of other city department heads. The council will soon prepare a budget for the office of Mayor and the newly elected Mayor will then put together an administrative staff that fits within that financial structure.
The council will vote on a financial allotment which the Mayor will have the option of proportioning throughout the office. "I'm not comfortable with voting for benefits without knowing what they are specifically," said Ward 2 councilwoman Anna Sousa.
"The benefits will be what every department head receives now," said at-large councilman and Mayor Jim Briden.