Friday, April 22, 2016

Mr. Wagner Gets a Two Year Contract

Once again, the Lower Pottsgrove Commissioners sprinted their way through Thursday night's meeting.

As usual, I was a little late -- this time it was because I was stalking the Brick House downtown to see if a rumor that Bernie Sanders was going to stop by for dinner between Reading and Oaks was true. It wasn't. -- and I arrived to find the commissioners well through their agenda, five minutes into the meeting.

But I was there in enough time for the unanimous vote to renew Township Manager Ed Wagner's contract for another two years.

Details of the contract were not revealed or discussed during the meeting.

However, Township Solicitor Charles D. Garner Jr. immediately disclosed the salient details to reporters after the meeting.

He said under the terms of the contract, Wagner's salary remains the same at $129,480, a salary The Reading Eagle reported last year to be one of the highest in the region.

Garner said Wagner's salary will subject to adjustment by the commissioners, which the contract says should review his performance annually.

Wagner remains an "at will" employee, but if he is terminated "without cause" he is entitled to six months severance pay, said Garner.

In addition to health care insurance for him and his family (it was not immediately clear if he contributes to his health care), Wagner receives five personal days, 20 vacation days and 10 sick days under the contract.

That said, here are the Tweets from a very short meeting, although Vice Chairman Stephen Klotz said it did not beat "the record."

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