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North Bergen amends salary ranges

North Bergen Town Hall at 4233 Kennedy Boulevard. Photo courtesy of the township.
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North Bergen Town Hall at 4233 Kennedy Boulevard. Photo courtesy of the township.

The North Bergen Board of Commissioners have adopted an ordinance amending the salary ranges for an array of municipal employees.

The move follows similar ordinances recently proposed in Hoboken and West New York. The ordinance amends the maximum and minimum salaries for an array of municipal employees, but does not grant anyone at Town Hall a raise.

Mayor Nicholas Sacco confirmed this at a November board meeting, adding a funny adage about when the township had done this in the past.

“A couple of years ago, someone saw an ordinance like this and quit their job because they thought everyone was getting raises and they weren’t,” Sacco said. “It’s just the salary ranges. And it’s going to last for about five years.”

Amended salary ranges

A slew of municipal employees’ salary ranges were amended in the ordinance, from positions such as Chief Financial Officer and Municipal Court Judge to Building Sub-Code Official and Road Repair Supervisor.

According to the newly adopted ordinance, some “Schedule A” or competitive salary ranges were amended for a number of positions including: Bi-Lingual Administrative Clerk ranging from a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of $102,000; Assistant Fiscal Officer ranging from $50,000 to $130,000; Assistant Public Works Superintendent ranging from $50,000 to $129,000; Building Sub-Code Official ranging from $40,000 to $107,000; Clerk 2 ranging from $35,000 to $100,000; Director of Health and Welfare ranging from $75,000 to $250,000; Director of Community Improvements ranging from $90,000 to $150,000; Director of Automotive Services ranging from $30,000 to $137,000; Municipal Court Administrator ranging from $50,000 to $122,000; Municipal Park Superintendent ranging from $50,000 to $130,000; Public Works Superintendent ranging from $75,000 to $168,000; Purchasing Agent ranging from $85,000 to $142,000; and Road Repair Supervisor ranging from $60,000 to $115,000. These are just a few of the positions and their new salary ranges under the ordinance.

Other salary ranges were amended for “Schedule B” or non-competitive salaries. Under “Schedule C” or unclassified salaries, the ranges were amended for a number of positions including: Chief Financial Officer ranging from a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of $160,000; Deputy Director ranging from $30,000 to $140,000; Municipal Court Judge ranging from $50,000 to $176,000; Municipal Administrator ranging from $90,000 to $231,000; Municipal Clerk ranging from $40,000 to $116,000; Tax Assessor ranging from $25,000 to $117,000; and Tax Collector and Tax Search Officer ranging from $20,000 to $131,000.

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