So, St. John’s Mayor Dennis O’Keefe wants to have five new deputy city managers, which he says will not come with an appreciable cost to the city.
Yet I seem to remember that when Andy Wells was mayor, he said we did not need a city manager, that he would do that job as well as that of mayor, making his position full time, which would entail a salary increase, the exact amount of which I cannot remember, but at the time the mayor’s salary was raised to $75,000, or thereabouts. (I stand to be corrected as to the exact amount.)
Then along comes Mr. O’Keefe, who reinstated the city manager position and who later created a new public relations officer position.
He did not, as I recall, take a cut in pay with the appointment of the manager.
Now the five new deputy manager positions come on the heels of property tax increases, along with a water tax in excess of $600 annually — water that we are allowed to use outside in our yards only for a couple of hours twice weekly.
“We must conserve our precious water supply” — so says the mayor, whose benefits include a gold-plated, non-
contributory pension plan and whose present salary is now in the vicinity of $100,000.
I just wish he would conserve the spending of our tax dollars. Five new deputy managers, indeed.
For a city with a population of just more than 100,000 souls. Isn’t there something wrong with this picture?
Sally Lou S. Le Messurier