New Ipswich

Chief, lieutenant see raises

NEW IPSWICH — The Police Department budget is proposed at $855,148 for the coming year — a $46,000 increase from the current budget.

Following a nonpublic discussion by the Select Board at its Nov. 26 meeting, the board approved pay increases for both Police Chief Tim Carpenter and Lt. Sean Cavanaugh.

Carpenter’s pay increased from $70,000 to $75,000 per year, and Cavanaugh’s went from $60,000 to $64,000, following their annual reviews.

The board also announced that they had approved the hiring of a new certified police officer, who will start on Dec. 16. Select Board Chair George Lawrence said they would release the name of the candidate at that time, noting the officer will start at a salary of $45,000.

Carpenter was hired as chief of police at the end of October 2012, when former police chief Garrett Chamberlain resigned. Cavanaugh was hired that November.

While discussing the proposed budget for the Police Department for 2014, Carpenter told the board that the Finance Advisory Committee had advised to cut his proposed budget for salaries from $432,000 to $425,000.

The chief’s proposed budget reflects up to three percent raises for the members of the department, while the advisory committee used a more median increase, with the anticipation that not every officer would merit a three percent increase. However, Carpenter said, the budget does not have any padding for sick, vacation or holiday pay, and he did not think $425,000 would be sufficient. The board agreed with Carpenter, and will present the budget with a salary line of $432,000.

The budget is also includes a seventh officer for the department.

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