After identifying an oversight when raises were included in the recent budget, aldermen approved pay raises for the police chief, collector and municipal judge Dec. 5.
The judge’s raise was included following a bit of last minute wrangling and an announcement of candidacy in the April election.
Aldermen gave final approval to an ordinance containing pay raises for the police chief and collector for four years following the April 2018 municipal election, which was amended to include the judge for the two-year term following the election.
The city marshal/police chief’s salary was set at $61,930 beginning in April 2018, $62,549.30 in April 2019, $63,174.79 in April 2020 and $63,806,54 in April 2021.
The city collector’s salary was set at $37,985 beginning in April 2018, $38,364.85 in April 2019, $38,748.50 in April 2020 and $39,135.98 in April 2021.
When the board gave the preliminary approval to the raises Nov. 21, the judge’s salary remained at the existing salary of $6,755.00 for the next two-year term.
During the discussion before the vote for final approval, Alderman Nick Chlebowski made a motion to raise the judge’s salary to $7,500 for the two-year term beginning in April 2018.
Chlebowski argued that the municipal judge attends trial twice a month and deserves fair pay for the work.
Speaking from the audience, resident Bill Devine asked Chlebowski, who is an attorney, if he was attempting to pad his own pocket if he planned to run for the position of municipal judge.
Chlebowski said he does not plan to run for municipal judge.
“I’ll be filing for re-election to my own (Ward 1) seat,” he said.
In a unanimous vote, aldermen approved the pay raises.