Contract of Bethel town manager extended
The Bethel Board of Selectmen last week voted to extend Town Manager Jim Doar's current three-year contract to five years, with salary increases of four percent for each of the final two years.
Following a one-hour executive session Tuesday, the board reconvened in open session and Selectman Don Bennett motioned for the extension and salary increase
“What we're doing is recognize somebody who's done a heck of a good job,” Bennett said. “And when we find someone like that, we are interested in continuity and consistency, and we have somebody who will do that. And in years four and five this will probably be looked on as a pretty good deal for the town.”
“That's my crystal ball,” he concluded.
There being no further comments from the other selectmen, Chair Stan Howe called for a vote, and the motion passed four to one, with Bob Everett the lone dissenter.
Asked later why he voted against the new contract, Everett said his decision was based on the financial ramifications, not Doar's performance to date.
“I like Jim Doar. I think he's doing a good job. It's the financial aspect” Everett said. “It's just not the time: People are losing their homes, losing their jobs.”
Doar was hired in June of 2009. His current salary is $54,500.
Under the terms of the new contract, he will make $56,500 in 2011, $58,760 in 2012 and $61,100 in 2013.
Doar said Monday he was “thrilled” with his new contract, adding: “It’s really an honor to be the town manager in Bethel.”
“It’s great working for this Board of Selectmen, and I’m flattered that they think highly enough of the work that’s been done over the last 14 months to want to ensure that kind of continuity for town government.
“My family and I are really excited about being able to live and work in Bethel for at least another four years, and hopefully beyond that,” Doar said.