Supervisors vote to give themselves a raise

Quinton Sheppard - Posted on May 08, 2019 - 02:20 PM

Members of the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday night during the board’s meeting in the colonial courthouse to give themselves raises—an action that hasn’t been taken since 2005. 

Currently, each board member receives $7,000 annually and the chairman receives $8,800. With the salary increase, each board member will receive $8,200 annually and the chairman will receive $10,000.

“Last year, we did an extraordinary competitive salary and compensation analysis for the entire county staff,” said county administrator Brent Fedors. “Part of that included the board of supervisors and other entities not usually included when giving increases.”

According to Fedors, board members were evaluated in the same way as the rest of the county staff. “No special consideration was given in respect to the board members,” he said. “We used the same comparing jurisdictions and calculation methodology. The result was that the average salary of a board of supervisor member was pretty substantially subpar, as it has not been adjusted since 2005.”

“There’s no magic here,” Fedors added. Speaking to the board members, he said, “None of you asked to do this.”

The raises would become effective Jan. 1, 2020 and the increase is taken into consideration in the fiscal year 2020 county budget. 

“I don’t see how we didn’t do this sooner since this board is so much better than other boards,” joked Petsworth district supervisor Michael Winebarger.