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great a burden for taxpayers to bear.
High salaries awarded to city employees had been a hot topic in the aldermanic chamber lately with some members of the Board of Aldermen questioning how many negative performance reviews employees received.
All city employees receive payouts for unused sick and vacation time as a severance package when they retire, according to Payroll Manager Doreen Beaulieu.
During a recent public hearing on the 2014 fiscal year budget, former alderman Fred Teeboom singled out Hersh and her high paying salary, saying fact that she made more than Lozeau created "an image problem" for the city.
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The $251.1 million city budget for this coming fiscal year was approved with little adjustments by the board, though some members inquired as to how the merit based grading system worked. In previous conversations with aldermen, Lozeau said Hersh's replacement's salary will be determined by using that system.
The city is now in the process of hiring Hersh's replacement, and Human Resources Director Barbara Hill confirmed that Hersh is volunteering her time to the city to help fill the position, and that she is not being compensated for that time.
Earlier this year, The Telegraph reported retiring employees cost Gate City taxpayers nearly $1 million in 2012 from payouts like these.
Lozeau said that though Hersh's salary was "high," she had earned those increases over time.
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"I don't see sick time as a savings account."
salary, more than Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, before she announced her retirement this year.
Aldermen were told those reviews would not be made available because they were "personnel" matters.
Hersh received a $12,002.48 payout for her sick time a little more than 226 hours which equates to 28 sick days and $13,677.74 payout for 32 unused Omega Speedmaster Green vacation days, according to the city's payroll department.
"It's a problem," Lozeau said. "You want to be appreciative of the employees, but you Omega Speedmaster Quartz
If she had stayed on, the city was prepared to offer Hersh a 3 percent raise, which would have brought her salary to $113,556. The position has earned an average increase of 2.3 percent over the last four fiscal year cycles.
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Lozeau was critical of the practice.
Former Police Chief Donald Conley received almost $57,000 for his unused sick time, on top of nearly $19,000 for unused vacation time. Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Cronin took home $67,609 in regular wages and received another $63,255 in sick and vacation time.
NASHUA One of the city's highest paid employees took home about $25,000 as a severance package last month.
Lozeau, who earned $107,555 in fiscal year 2013, explained that Hersh earned so much because of Nashua's merit based grading system, and since Hersh was a merit employee, her increases were determined by her positive performance reviews.
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