Political Payroll Plunder

Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs

Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs is encountering opposition after she moved to give herself a pay hike.

PLAINFIELD — Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs is seeking to give herself a pay hike by appointing herself as the acting city administrator, but a councilman claims she is breaking the law.

Third Ward Councilman Adrian O. Mapp, who defeated the incumbent in June to become the Democratic nominee for mayor, says that manuever is illegal.

“By directing the Payroll Clerk to pay her acting pay in addition to her mayoral salary, Mayor Robinson-Briggs is arbitrarily increasing her compensation during the term for which she was elected, in clear violation of the Charter and the municipal ordinance that set her compensation at $35,000 per year,” said Mapp.

“I urge Mayor Robinson-Briggs to reverse the misguided direction she gave to the Payroll Clerk, and that she be guided by the letter and the spirit of the Charter,” said Mapp. “Furthermore, I urge the Payroll Clerk not to issue any additional compensation to the Mayor in violation of the Charter or the local salary ordinance.”

Alther the charter does allow the chief executive to take over any job if there is a crisis, Mapp asserts that the Mayor cannot appoint herself as the acting city administrator because no emergency exists.

He also says that she is not entitled to any more money regardless of what jobs she takes on, because the Charter states that the Mayor’s “compensation shall be fixed by ordinance and may not be increased or decreased during the term for which (she) was elected.”


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