Dashield to Gain Salary Increase, Perks
Dashield takes office Feb. 1 and will have a year to relocate to Montclair. He will receive up to $5,000 in moving expenses, a leave package with 26 vacation days, four personal days and 13 sick days per year.
While he may have to participate in health care costs, he will receive compensation for professional dues and $500 for conferences, including annual League of Municipalities training sessions, with a limit of 10 days per year in all.
The township will reimburse the biannual cost of renewing his certified municipal finance officer license and allow $400 per month to cover costs of using his personal vehicle.
Topping the list is a starting salary of $140,000 for 2010, a $30,000 increase over his pay here. In his first 18 months, he will be eligible for several increases: To $145,000 after six months, to $150,000 after 12 months and to $155,000 after 18 months. Initially, he will have performance reviews at each of these junctures and annually thereafter.
While Montclair is comparable in square miles to Plainfield, it is less dense and considerably wealthier. It is also a commuter town, with six train stations to Plainfield's two. It has a Watchung Avenue, just as in Plainfield's City Hall location, and a Park Street, echoing Plainfield's Park Avenue. It is known as a cultural mecca, with a museum, jazz clubs and art galleries, and also has prestigious parks and gardens, including the Presby Memorial Iris Garden.
Congratulations to Marc on his new opportunity!