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Linden mayor Derek Armstead

Linden mayor about to get big pay hike

37% raise would be retroactive

By David Wildstein, December 18 2018 4:51 pm

Linden mayor Derek Armstead is about to get a 37% raise that will be retroactive to January 1, 2018.

The city council will vote on the measure tonight, which piggybacks a municipal salary ordinance that provides modest 2.5% raises for department heads and even small increases for school crossing guards.

If it passes – Armstead has a 6-5 majority on the council – his current $73,000-a-year salary will bump up to $100,000.  He’ll get a check for about $27,000 for 2018.

Armstead won renomination last June after a tough primary where he lost the support of the Linden Democratic organization.

This turns out to be a win-win for Armstead, who gets a big pay raise without having to defend it on the campaign trail.

Linden has a population of 40,499.

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11 thoughts on “Linden mayor about to get big pay hike

  1. We don’t need a mayor to do the part time work that he does at that salary.A city planner and accountant would do just fine.When all the cash worthy,taxpayers long living residents move and leave Linden will be another Camden,full of abandoned housing and a vacant landscape with squatters occupying foreclosed properties than somebody might realize and say no we should not have let this happen. I say centralize ,combine service from all towns and create a more effective cost effective system for the working people and homeowners now.

    1. I agree!!! My family has been paying taxes in Linden since 1941!! I still miss Mayor Gregorio! Once he was out, taxes have been constantly climbing! Why??? Let’s find a way to help the old timers stay put!!

  2. Politicians are thieves, we all know that. I am not surprised by any of this news of a pay raise. Did you know the mayor’s sister is on the council ? Her last name is different so you won’t notice anything but who do you think she works for ? I left Linden along time ago as did many people who saw the writing on the wall. The town is slowly turning in a little Newark and Elizabeth. A shame, it used to be so nice there. All of this is just my opinion of course but I bet there are many who agree and of those who disagree may have something to lose. All just my opinion of course.

    1. You must be apart of the rest of the small percentage of entitiled older white people or the even smaller percent of others who dont really care they just clout chasers of linden committee. Thats so not true he is always around linden. When yall see him “hes not doing anything” or “its all for show” when yall dont see him “where is he at, hes not doing his job, blah blah blah blah blah. Not to mention the countless events that he host for the city and children of linden and numerous families he supports (even if its just spreading the word or his prescence he also has a family of his own to be there for. So stop with the unnecessary shade and hate. And why would he as a man and human being be anywhere just out and about in an area where all the people hastles him or gives him a hard time every step of the way no matter wat he does and threatin his life. Duhhhh common sense i would stay in the area where im wanted and work on the others areas from a far too

  3. Derek Armstead
    KEEP DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING! WHY? BECAUSE ALL I SEE IN THE TOWN OF LINDEN IS ALL POSITIVE, AND STILL BREWING! LET’S NOT FORGET ABOUT HE HAS DONE FOR OUR CHILDREN! KEEP DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING! IGNORE THE NEGATIVE COMMENTS THAT PORTRAY NEGATIVITY OF THE ONES WHO DO NOT WANT TO SEE YOU IN THIS PLACE! IN MY EYES YOU, AND YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS, ARE NOTHING BUT GREAT!
    CRYSTAL ROSS
    AKA POETRYLOVE

  4. Some Mayors take pay, Some do it for free!
    Win~Lose situation:
    $100K salary may prompt more qualified candidates to step up in the future and run against him.
    IMO:
    For 73K, you can keep the job.
    For 100K, you can still keep the job.
    For 250 K, You’ll get some players capable of taking Linden to the next level.
    Linden has it all. Waterfront, GSP, Turnpike, 1&9, A Refinery, NJ transit tracks & station, residential land & plenty of commercial/industrial land.
    Zoning needs to raise elevations and our newly built fire stations need to be complimented with bigger ladder trucks & equipment to suit higher structures.
    To The Mayor of any town or city;
    Either you do it with a passion or don’t do it at all…..salary shouldn’t be the driving factor but for 73K or 100K, it that’s your day job, it’s not really a lot.

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