UPDATE: In January 2012 the City Council approved a controversial ordinance creating a pay range for unaffiliated political appointees whose salaries are based on increases negotiated between the city and the Bridgeport City Supervisors Association that Bill Finch leveraged as a last-minute retroactive raise for himself and loyalists. In passing the ordinance backed by Finch who argued the city needed to modernize salaries competitively to attract strong applicants, the council eliminated language authorizing the mayor to increase pay by up to 15 percent beyond the outer range of the pay scale. See the city positions and associated pay range the council approved four years ago here. This is the most current new grid. The pay range will receive another update based on Monday’s action.
As an example the most updated approved range of Chief Administrative Officer Andy Nunn was $119,346 to $131,114. The range is now higher based on increases tied to the supervisors union. Mayor Joe Ganim appointed John Gomes as Acting CAO, replacing Nunn in the top department head position. Dozens of the positions on the pay grid are now six figures.
The mayor’s salary has no range, just a specific figure pegged at $132,459 prior to Finch’s action on Monday. The mayor’s pay is now approximately a base salary of $144,000. The package, however, is higher factoring in take home vehicle and all associated expenses such as gas, repairs, insurance, etc.
The outer range of City Council President Tom McCarthy who’s employed by the city as deputy director of Labor Relations was $114,845. The range is now higher based on the recent increase. McCarthy recused himself four years ago in the council vote approving the pay scale.