Council Stops Double Dipping by Denying Cristiano and Mangan Second Salaries

Both Can Serve as School Committee Members

By Josh Resnek

A rejuvenated City Council, powered by new members and a changed attitude, made two decisions last week.

First, the city council voted against allowing newly elected School Committee members Jeannie Cristiano and Mike Mangan to collect two salaries.

Cristiano and Mangan are city employees.

The city charter does not allow for city employees to collect two paychecks from the city.

The duo, both elected for the first time last November, will be serving but will not be paid.

How did this come about?

That’s part of the second decision made by the city council to allow all the members of the School Committee to be considered as “special employees.”

The city council approved this last week.

By doing so, the city council carried out the city charter’s imperative.

It allows for city employees to serve on the city council or the school committee with the proviso they cannot be paid for serving.

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The Top 100 Paid

The names of the top 100 highest paid city employees in Everett were published last week in a local newspaper.

We believe the intention was to show everyone just how much money police and firefighters make – and to make sure those who looked over the salaries could take away from it that many of those public safety officers are paid much more than the mayor.

This must have pleased the mayor, who is the highest paid Massachusetts mayor.

He must have been delighted the salaries were printed. He very likely asked that they be published.

Maybe he didn’t.

Why just the top 100? Why not everyone’s salary?

He did not ask the Leader Herald because we wouldn’t have published only the top 100 salaries, and certainly would not have published the top 100 to emphasize the point for the may-or that he makes less than some fire fighters and police officers.

What was missing from the top 100 is an addendum that should have gone something like this:

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Questionable $40k longevity mayor’s pay boost salary to nearly $300,000


The city’s chief operating officer Eric Demas is apparently the architect of the mayor’s $40,000 a year longevity payment.

Two weeks ago, the Leader Herald revealed the mayor is receiving a $40,000 yearly longevity payment when in fact the payment should be at a maximum, $10,000, according to Everett City Hall sources who wished to remain unnamed.

Candidate for mayor Fred Capone will be requesting the repeal of the longevity pay ordinance for the mayor.

“There is no justification for an additional bonus at the expense of our residents with the annual salary of the mayor more than $200,000,” Capone said.

In 2014, the city council approved a measure (Ordinance – C0032-14) allowing for all permanent full-time non-union and administrative officers to receive $1,300 for 15 years of service and $1,700 for 20 years of service.

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232K pay blasted by opponents

Adrien, Capone call it greedy, shocking, say $140k more like it


Revelations the mayor is making more than $232,000 a year working part-time hours sent shock waves throughout the politically connected in this city where politics is a blood sport.

If the city provided for health insurance is included, the mayor’s salary is in the $250,000 a year range, substantially higher than big-city mayors across the nation, according to a Leader Herald story published last week.

The mayor remained silent about protests concerning his bloated compensation and assertions by Adrien that he works part-time hours.

Adrien said last week the mayor’s salary should be in the $140,000 territory, irrespective of what others make working their jobs in city government.

Adrien’s mayoral campaign Facebook site attracted hundreds of visitors to the story, many of whom (well over 100) left comments deriding the salary as “too much”, and as “a waste,” with many visitors expressing outrage and shock that the mayor is being paid so high a salary.

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Mayor’s $232K salary tops in MA

Mayor Carlo DeMaria


A close look at the mayor’s salary reveals that he made approximately $232,000 last year.

His salary, including retirement, longevity, and benefits, dwarfs those of big-city mayors in Massachusetts.

In fact, records reveal he is the highest-paid mayor in the state of Massachusetts.

The breakdown is $191,000 base salary, $40,000 in longevity, and $6,000 for a car allowance.

Mayoral candidate Gerly Adrien said she was shocked and amazed at the mayor’s compensation.

Her concerns were shared and echoed by mayoral candidate Fred Capone.

“His compensation is not only greedy, but an insult to the hard-working residents of our community, Capone told the Leader Herald.

Adrien expressed similar sentiments.

“This is outrageous. This is sad,” Adrien told the Leader Herald.

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