SWANSEA — Nonunion employees will have a little extra money coming their way this month as village trustees approved a 1.5 percent pay increase.
Mayor Jim Rauckman said the raises for the 20 nonunion employees will be retroactive to the beginning of the fiscal year May 1.
Trustee Susan O'Malley, chairwoman of the Finance Committee, said the 1.5 percent raise for nonunion employees will cost the village about $16,600.
The raise applies to all nonunion employees with the exception of three employees: Fire Chief John McGuire, Interim Village Administrator Craig Coughlin and accounting specialist Stephanie Renner
O'Malley said McGuire will not receive a raise until he completes all the terms of his employment agreement signed in May.
"He will be considered separately after we analyze all of those terms," she said.
In April, the village proposed cutting the fire department from two paid, full-time firefighters to one.
Following public outcry, however, the fire department was able to keep two full-time firefighters, but McGuire's pay was reduced to $57,500 annually. He previously earned about $65,000 a year.
In addition, Coughlin, who's also the deputy police chief, will not receive a raise, because his salary was just increased when he took on the additional responsibilities of interim administrator, according to O'Malley.
Coughlin earns $32.72 an hour while working as deputy police chief and $39.68 an hour while performing duties of interim village administrator.
Accounting specialist Stephanie Renner will receive an increase of $2 per hour as the board promoted her to village finance director, O'Malley said. Renner currently makes $24.04 a hour.
Police Chief Michael Arnold is the village's highest paid nonunion employee, earning an annual salary of $79,449 after the 1.5 percent increase.
After Arnold and Coughlin, John D. Budde with the Street Department is the next highest paid nonunion employee, earning an annual salary of $59,979 after the increase.
The village remains in negotiation with its two police unions. It's unclear when an agreement will be reached.
Rauckman said the negotiations are "ongoing."
Both the patrol officer's union and the sergeant's union have been working without a contract since the current contract expired April 30.
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