Dover department heads receive raises


DOVER -- After reviewing evaluations of town employees, the Selectboard approved raises to four department heads.

Dover Road Commissioner Bobby Holland, Police Chief Randy Johnson, Zoning Administrator Dave Cerchio and Economic Development Director Ken Black will all receive a 3 percent raise. The decision was made when the board came out of executive session on Tuesday, June 24.

According to Assistant Town Clerk and Office Manager Jeannette Eckert, raises for department heads were approved up to 3 percent by voters at Town Meeting in March. In its evaluations, the Selectboard determines how much the raise should be for each employee.

Cerchio’s three-year term as zoning administrator expires on Dec. 1, 2015.

In preparing for a newly passed law that limits the calls that part-time officers can go on, Johnson is currently looking into how to go about compensating new hires or officers going through the Police Academy. It may warrant a change in the personnel policy.

West Dover Fire Chief Rich Werner approached the board earlier in the month to make sure he could move forward with the increased salary rate for firefighters.

"It’s four years since I raised the rate," he said.

Selectboard Chairman Randy Terk said it was the exact number in the budget that voters approved at Town Meeting in March.

After a probationary period, the firefighters will receive $13 an hour. They get $14 after two years with the department and $15 if they get certified. If one becomes an officer, the pay gets bumped up to $16 an hour.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.


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