Friday, January 12, 2007
Natick selectmen approved a $15,000 raise for Police Chief Dennis R. Mannix this week.
Mannix will make $150,800 a year with a three-percent raise for each year of the three-year contract running through Dec. 31, 2009.
The Board of Selectmen voted 4-1 on the new contract, with outgoing Selectman John Connolly dissenting.
Connolly said he believed Mannix was doing a good job but that he could not support such a large raise for a department head, given the town's tight budget conditions.
The town's preliminary budget calls for leaving vacant a sergeant and patrol officer position and cutting 15 overtime shifts.
Other selectmen said the raise was necessary to keep Mannix in Natick.
"I don't feel, even though we have a budget crisis, that we can get another chief of great quality to want to be the chief of Natick for bottom-line prices," said Selectman John Ciccariello.
-- John Drake