At Monday’s reorganization meeting, Cranberry supervisors unanimously reappointed their chairman, vice-chairman and township manager to another year on the job.
In a 3-1 vote, officials also approved a 2.9-percent salary increase for manager Jerry Andree. Supervisor Dave Root voted against the pay raise. Supervisor John Skorupan was absent from the meeting.
Andree’s salary will increase from $132,088 to $135,918, effective Jan. 1 2013.
Root, who also voted against a 1.95-percent pay raise for Andree in 2012, said the decision had nothing to do with Andree’s performance, which he called “great.” Instead, he said he couldn’t justify an increase for any government worker.
“I don’t know of anyone in the private sector who is getting a pay raise,” he said. “I’m against any pay increase for government.”
For the second year in a row, Root said he would forgo the $4,000 yearly stipend he is scheduled to receive as a supervisor. In the past, he has donated the money to charity.
After giving the green light to the pay raise, Supervisor Dick Hadley praised Andree’s dedication to the township. He added Andree, who was hired in 1992, is recognized as “one of the finest municipal managers in Pennsylvania.”
“We are blessed in Cranberry Township to have a manager with such talent and ability, which he’s demonstrated over the years,” he said.
Officials also reappointed Bruce Mazzoni as chairman of the board. Mike Manipole will be vice-chairman for the second year in a row.
Mazzoni, treasurer of the nonprofit Cranberry Township Community Chest, has been on the Board of Supervisors since 2006. Manipole, a teacher at Rowan Elementary School in Cranberry, was first elected to the board in 2010.
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