Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Dashield to Gain Salary Increase, Perks

Terms of City Administrator Marc Dashield's appointment as 2010 township manager in Montclair includes generous perks and benefits in addition to an increase in pay over his compensation here.

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!

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This just goes to show how much Plainfield sucks! All we will ever do is bicker and argue, never get anything done, meanwhile the people we put the blame on move on to bigger and better places! I feel sorry for Plainfield and its peanut gallery! Congrats to Dashield for more than anything getting out of this hell hold!

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have long been bemoaning what I have viewed as the incompetency of Marc Dashield. I am glad he is leaving Plainfield. Perhaps he will be able to utilize whatever talents he possesses to greater effect in Montclair. I am sure they will demand answers from him. Maybe he will have some. In addition, the mayor now has a golden opportunity to hire someone who takes notes, answers questions, and isn't motivated by politics. I hope the city council will carefully review all appointments and refuse to consent to another politically-connected hack.

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that we have a lame duck administrator where does that leave the budget process? Who will make the hard choices on layoffs and furloughs, and who will lead the union negotiations?

This might be a perfect opportunity for the council to push for a professional consultant who can bargain on the city's behalf without fear of political or personal reprisals.

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to agree with 2:07. Plainfield is a pathetic place and anyone good we get we blame for everything. We are then left with the bottom of the barrel.

In January of this year, most of the Council tried to do away with Marc's car. Petty, peanuts. Good drama for a few seconds. Disasterous long-term effects.

Now we have lost a good person - and he got scooped up right away.

Congratulations to Marc. When you said your new job was "a step up" you were wrong. It was several steps up.

9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Montclair has wealth -- lots of it. Plainfield has filth -- tons of it. And a political establishment that siphons off what little good we have for their own personal gain. Good luck Marc.

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hire Bob Casey back as an interim city administrator -- he held that role under Al McWilliams and did a good job. He was a very quick study and on top of the issues. Did someone somewhere set up a color standard for municipal officials? Hire the best not by ethnicity.

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bringing Casey back would be a good move. But 11:07 am, half of the four top administrators are white.

Just so you know.

5:14 PM  

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