Greetings. I was away on vacation for a couple of weeks (Disneyworld) and have been doing my best this weekend to catch up on local news.
One issue that's gotten attention lately is mayoral salary.
New Berlin does not employ a City Administrator in addition to having an elected Mayor, as many cities do. So, that’s a substantial cost savings for our city. Often an administrator receives well over $100,000 annually (salary/benefits compensation).
New Berlin Mayor Jack Chiovatero performs many tasks, including doing the work of a city administrator and director of utilities. His current salary is $90,634. Recently, the Common Council voted to cut the mayor’s salary, beginning with the next term. But more about that later.
New Berlin has a population of over 38,000.
We get quite a bargain with Mayor Jack Chiovatero.
By the way, New Berlin Public Schools employs both a Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent.
According to information provided by the school district:
Superintendent Paul Kreutzer’s current salary is $155,277 (which includes a $1,500 stipend for tuition). He also gets other benefits including life insurance, long term disability coverage, state retirement (WRS) and FICA benefits, making his total compensation package $185,000.
Assistant Superintendent Joe Garza’s current salary is $118,660. In addition to the benefits listed for Dr. Kreutzer, Garza also takes the district health insurance, making his total package cost to the district $162,308.29.
As for its other administrators and NBPS elementary and secondary school principals, I didn’t ask what their salary/benefits packages currently cost the New Berlin School District. But I expect it’s more than what the City of New Berlin pays for its mayor.
New Berlin Public Schools has a student enrollment of around 4,700.