Town Manager Julian M. Suso will receive about $5,000 more in benefits while any salary increases will be tied to performance, according to a brief conversation regarding the new three-year town manager employment agreement this week at the Falmouth Select Board meeting on Monday, March 22.
The select board agreed to an increase in the monthly car allowance from $500 to $600, increasing deferred compensation from 5 to 6 percent, adding a life insurance policy at the rate of $2,000 and increasing the sick day buy-back from $3,000 to $4,000 per year.
The new agreement begins this November and no longer includes a cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA), board member Douglas H. Jones said. Instead, any pay increases will be subject to the town manager meeting specific goals set by the select board.
“Any increases in the next three years will be a decision by the board following up on those goals upon completion of the goals,” Mr. Jones said.
The board met first in executive session Monday to discuss the draft agreement. According to chairwoman Megan E. English Braga, the draft was a culmination of several months of back and forth between Mr. Suso, town counsel, and board members Nancy Taylor and Mr. Jones. The contract expires this year.
“I am very pleased on how this worked out and we are moving forward with making sure we have some goals,” Mr. Jones said.
Going forward, a board subcommittee will be created to set the goals and revamp them as needed.
“Our goal was to allow the board to dig into the last contract, update it to make it more appropriate, and for us to think long and hard about how we were structuring the contract in such a way that really pointed to the items we really wanted to get done, highlighting specific tasks,” Ms. English Braga said.
There are four goals the board set as priorities for Mr. Suso between now and November, when Mr. Suso’s annual job performance review will take place. They include: implementation of the town online permitting system, taking down and proper disposal of the wind turbines, getting a project manager in place for the new Sandwich Road fire station, and creating and implementing a performance evaluation for town department heads.
Mr. Suso was hired in 2011, According to the 2020 Town Report, his annual salary is $192,531.