The Malta Town Board has proposed making the town supervisor’s job full time, and more than doubling the salary.
The proposed 2017 town budget, which will be the subject of a public hearing Monday evening, increases the supervisor’s salary from the current $32,278 annually to $65,000.
Town Board member John Hartzell said the move is being made in recognition that the demands of the job are now full time, and that Supervisor Vincent DeLucia is putting in full-time hours.
“There’s a lot of thought that went into it,” Hartzell said. “It’s a significant change. We have kind of a different model with Vince than we’ve had with supervisors in the past.”
The town supervisor’s position has been considered part time, but Hartzell said the job’s demands are growing — something DeLucia also acknowledged. DeLucia was elected in 2015 and took office last January.
In addition to the town salary, the Malta supervisor is paid $18,879 by Saratoga County for serving on the county Board of Supervisors, bringing the position’s total 2017 compensation to $83,879.
“With all the growth in the town of Malta and all the things happening that have to get done, it’s no longer the sort of position where it should be just a retired person with time on their hands,” said DeLucia, a retired school principal.
DeLucia said he wasn’t involved in the salary discussion, which was initiated by Hartzell but agreed to by other Town Board members.
“I never asked for it,” he said on Friday.
Hartzell said DeLucia is working 50 to 60 hours many weeks.
“We really have somebody who’s effectively on the job on a full-time basis and really works effectively on behalf of the town,” Hartzell said. “He’s really taken on the role of effectively a day-to-day administrator of the town.”
The previous supervisor, Paul Sausville, usually spent half-days in his Town Hall office, in addition to running meetings and carrying out ceremonial functions. The supervisor before that, David Meager, managed the job from his insurance agency office, with the help of a town-paid administrative assistant.
But Hartzell said the demands of the job have grown as the town population has increased to more than 15,000.
The town deals with numerous development policy issues brought on by the arrival of the GlobalFoundries computer chip plant.
“The workforce has grown, complexity of government has grown, number of town employees has grown,” Hartzell said. “The Town Board was unanimous that we increase the salary.”
The towns of Clifton Park and Glenville have made similar transitions in the recent past, turning the elected town supervisor into a full-time management and policy position similar to that of a full-time city mayor.
The higher salary is included in the draft 2017 town budget. A public hearing on the budget will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at Town Hall, but no action on the budget is expected until later in November.
DeLucia, who is 72, said he hasn’t yet decided whether he will run for re-election in November 2017.
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