DOT board approves salary increases for 3 administrators

WORCESTER—The Massachusetts Department of Transportation board of directors voted today to increase salaries for three top administrators by 3.5 percent, pay hikes that Transportation Secretary Richard A. Davey maintained were merit-based.

Davey said that the raises awarded to to Rachel Kaprielian, head of the Registry of Motor Vehicles, and Frank DePaola, administrator of the MassDOT Highway Division, were based on top-notch performance evaluations.

“I hope you agree that they’ve done an outstanding job,” Davey told the board.

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Kaprielian’s salary will rise from $137,000 to $142,000, and DePaola’s salary will increase from $149,300 to $154,600.

Davey also sought a raise for Christopher Willenborg, administrator of the Aeronautics Division, in order to put his salary on par with similar positions at agencies around the country. Willenborg’s salary will increase from $114,000 to $118,000.

Joseph C. Bonfiglio, chairman of MassDOT’s Committee on Compensation and Labor Relations, said he believed the raises were deserved.

“We felt very comfortable making this recommendation,” Bonfiglio said.