The Bristol County Water Authority’s executive director, who has been paid $125,000 per year since being hired in early 2012, was approved for a 3 percent raise by a 6-2 vote of the authority’s Board of Directors Wednesday night. The raise, which runs retroactive to her one-year anniversary date in February 2013, will up her salary to approximately $128,750.
Warren representatives William Gosselin and Ray Palmieri were the only two board members to vote against the raise, which was discussed in closed session before a public vote. Director Gina McDonald did not attend.
The raise was less than first considered by the board, which last month considered giving her a 5 percent raise. Mr. Palmieri was vocally opposed to the hike at the time, saying he felt uncomfortable approving a raise that would bring Ms. Machand’s salary above that of Rhode Island’s governor.
Coincidentally, the 3 percent raise leaves her below Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who earns $129,210 per year.