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William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews Editor


GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (July 4, 2023)(CNBNews)--Gloucester City Mayor Dayl Baile and his council members approved the 2023 salary ordinance on second reading at the June 26 council meeting. The salary guide is for employees not represented by a union and is retroactive to January 1. Because of how the salary guide is organized, it is hard for anyone to know how much these employees make.

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It is done that way intentionally, a former council member once told this reporter.  "If the taxpayers knew how much these individuals are paid, including their health benefits and other perks, people would be shocked."

Under the new guide, the salary for the city administrator is listed from a low of $95,000 to a high of $150,000.  The guide lists the salary for the police chief from a low of $!25,000 to a high of $240,000.

Presently Police Chief Brian Morrell is also doing the job of city administrator. When he was first appointed three years ago, his salary for the police chief was $144,000. Since he was also temporarily performing the duties of city administrator, his salary was increased to $200,000. But that position was supposed to be just a few months until the city could find someone they liked. The job opening was made public, and 20 people applied. That list was narrowed down to eight. The committee that interviewed the applicants, which included the police chief, t still couldn't find the right person.

Other notable salaries include the fire chief's, which ranges from a low of $95,000 to a high of $150,000. Surprisingly, we learned the fire chief has a confidential aide who is being paid between $20,000 and $50,000. The mayor's confidential aide is paid between $30,000 to $50,000.

The public works superintendent makes between $80,000 to $150,000, the tax collector $70,000 to $100,000, and the tax collector's assistant salary ranges from $65,000 and $87,000.

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All the salaries below are listed that way.

As a result, the taxpayers (you and I) have no clue how much these individuals are making. Some of these same individuals only work four days a week.

If Gloucester City residents ever wanted to know why their taxes are one of the highest in New Jersey, look no further than the salary guide below. 


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