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Plum manager gets salary boost with 2-year contract

| Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Plum Manager Michael Thomas has a new contract.

Borough council at last week's meeting voted to approve a two-year agreement that is retroactive to January and runs through the end of 2015.

The contract boosts Thomas' salary from $107,000 to $119,800, according to council vice President Michael Dell.

“He has not had a raise in four years,” Dell said. “We looked at other municipalities of our size (more than 20,000 residents) and years of service (for other managers) and determined he was underpaid for his years of experience.”

Dell said council looked at salaries for managers in Shaler, Bethel Park and Cranberry.

Shaler Manager Tim Rogers' salary is $122,000; William Spagnol, Bethel Park's manager, is set to be paid $104,736; and Jerry Andree, Cranberry's manager, is being paid $139,000.

In the eastern suburbs, Monroeville Manager Tim Little's salary is $102,500. Penn Hills Manager Moe Rayan's salary is $113,000.

In the new agreement, Thomas, 48, who has been Plum's manager for nearly nine years, will pay 100 percent of the deductible or $3,000 for his family's medical benefits, Dell said.

Also, Thomas would receive a year of salary as a severance if he is fired without cause as opposed to six months as is in his previous agreement with the borough, Dell said.

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400 ext. 8753 or kzapf@tribweb.com.

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