New London votes to increase next mayor's salary by $24,000

New London — The City Council approved a $24,000 raise for the city’s next mayor on Monday, increasing the current $86,000 salary to $110,000.

The final number is a decrease from the $135,000 salary under consideration at the last council meeting.

The new salary will be in effect after the 2019 mayoral election. Mayor Michael Passero, who left the room during council discussion, has announced his intention to run again. Eleven department heads currently earn more than the mayor. The highest paid city employee is Joe Lanzafame, the director of public utilities, who earns a $158,230 annually.

The council voted 4-2 to approve the new figure. Councilors Alma Nartartez, Efrain Dominguez, Michael Tranchida and Council President Don Venditto voted in favor. Councilors John Satti and Martin Olsen opposed the measure. 

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