North Hempstead has given an $18,000 raise to the deputy supervisor, who has held the post for six months and now makes more than the town supervisor.
Aline Khatchadourian, who has also been the town finance director since January 2014, will be paid $150,000 annually, up from $132,000. Supervisor Judi Bosworth is paid $133,000 a year.
When Bosworth took office in January 2014, she did not fill the deputy supervisor role. Khatchadourian was named to the post in October. At the time, Bosworth said Khatchadourian would also maintain her position as finance director.
According to town officials, the deputy supervisor is responsible for "managing the operations and finances" of town government "under the supervisor's direction." The deputy can sign on behalf of the supervisor and conduct board meetings in the supervisor's absence, the town said.
Khatchadourian's raise was approved by the town board this past February, according to personnel documents. Town spokeswoman Carole Trottere cited six other employees in North Hempstead who make more than Bosworth, and according to a Newsday payroll database, several officials in the office of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray make more than Murray.
"Generally, elected officials' salaries are relatively low and rarely the top salary," Trottere said.
Adding the deputy supervisor role did not initially come with a raise. However, Trottere wrote in an email Monday that Khatchadourian's raise was given to "recognize that she was carrying the responsibilities" of two positions. She said money for the raise is "within the 2015 budget."
Christopher Senior, the previous deputy supervisor, was paid $136,626 in 2013, Trottere said. David Gottesman, the previous finance director who left at the end of 2012, was paid $95,718.
The town board last week approved $145,000 in raises for 62 exempt employees -- a 3 percent bump each for commissioners, senior staff and secretaries.
In February, the town also approved raises for other employees, including $12,000 for Trottere, bringing her salary to $102,000; $8,500 for Igor Sikiric, executive director of the Solid Waste Management Authority, making his salary $116,743; and $7,500 for Shawn Brown, deputy commissioner of public safety, who will be paid $100,356.
In December 2013, a month before Bosworth took office, some town board members proposed increasing the supervisor's salary by $5,000, while other officials received more than 20 percent pay raises. But Bosworth urged sitting board members not to raise her salary.