In a 4-1 vote, Cranberry officials on Thursday authorized a 1.95-percent salary increase for township manager Jerry Andree.
Andree’s salary will increase from $129,561 to $132,088 in 2012.
Supervisor Dave Root voted against the pay raise, citing his stance against increasing taxes in 2012 as his reason for opposing the uptick in salary. In December, Root was the only supervisor to vote against a final budget that included a 2.35-mill increase in real estate taxes.
He also signed paperwork to forgo the $4,000 yearly stipend he received as a supervisor. In the past, he has donated the money to charity.
“The nice news is it’s revenue neutral for us because I gave up my stipend,” he said of the bump in Andree’s salary.
Supervisor Bruce Mazzoni said he supported the increase for Andree. Compared to what managers in surrounding communities make annually, he said, Andree is underpaid.
“I think it’s important to retain Jerry in this position. He proves a great value to it,” he said. ‘We wish we could give him more, but — as Dave pointed out — we want to be conservative.”
Hired in 1992, Andree has been township manager for more than 20 years. Officials reappointed him to a new two-year term earlier this month.
Supervisor Dick Hadley joined vice-chairman Mike Manipole in praising Andree for his dedication to his job. Manipole even joked that Andree was so busy watching over the township that he skips sleep.
“I’ve never seen anyone who spends the time that you have or with the passion that you have for what you do,” he said to Andree.