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.