Westfield City Council unanimously approves salary increase for mayor, other elected officials


By Noah Alatza

On Dec. 27, the Westfield City Council met for the final time in 2017. The only item on the agenda was voting to adopt elected officials’ salaries.

What happened: Only five members of the council were present. Members Cindy Spoljaric and Robert Horkay were absent. The council voted unanimously, 5-0, to approve elected officials’ salaries.

What it means: Mayor Andy Cook’s salary will now stand at $112,572 for 2018, a 2 percent increase over the prior year. The council also approved a pay increase for Clerk-Treasurer Cindy Gossard from $81,396 in 2016 to $83,024, while also increasing her yearly stipend. All other city employee stipends remain the same. Councilors also will see a 2 percent pay increase to their salaries next year, an additional $300.

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