Do town's salaries need to be bumped up?
New Milford town and school officials are running into a hurdle in their search to fill two key positions -- the salaries being offered appear to be too low.
Luigi Fulinello left his job as economic development supervisor in January earning an annual salary of $64,000.
Greg Miller is leaving at the end of June as director of fiscal services and operations for the school district at a salary of $90,000.
However, the position remains unfilled.
The Town Council in its 2014-15 budget deliberations in March added $15,000 to the supervisor's salary "to make it more competitive."
The headhunters firm, Randi Frank Consulting, has been hired to find a candidate.
On the schools' side, Superintendent of Schools JeanAnn Paddyfote posted Miller's position at the beginning of March.
By April 1, only six applications had been received and just one candidate seemed to have all the requirements sought by the district, Paddyfote told the Board of Education's operations sub-committee.
However, that candidate would be leaving a position in which he has been earning just under $124,000, Paddyfote said.
She suggested the board might want to increase the business manager position to $125,000 or $130,000.
Miller said the position in New Milford is one he accepted 10 years ago prompted by a shorter work commute and the ability to vest into the pension program.
He added, while he is not in this position for the pay, someone with experience is unlikely to come to it for the salary he is making.
Board of Education chairwoman Danielle Shook and vice chairman David Littlefield said it is clear a higher salary has to be offered.
A decision has not yet been reached.