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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Hail (and a pay raise) to the chief

Berlin Police Chief Otto F. Rhode Jr.
(Town of Berlin image)


Berlin Police Chief Otto F. Rhode Jr. has a big stake in the departmental budget that the town's Board of Selectmen has just given preliminary approval -- an 18 percent stake, to be exact.

Of the $27,481 in increased spending that Rhode is proposing for the 2008 fiscal year, 18 percent would be earmarked for a $5,000 increase in his own salary. If the request survives the next round of review, the chief will make $114,240 per year, or about 18 percent of the department's $637,000 annual budget.

In a separate request that will go before May town meeting, Rhode is asking for $31,000 to purchase a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria. The car will replace an older vehicle in the departmentís fleet.

The budget and capital request will now be reviewed by the Finance Committee, which will schedule meetings with department heads.

-- Jennifer Rosinski

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