As a Pottstown taxpayer, you should be outraged. All members of Borough Council (who voted unanimously for Flanders’ hiring) should be drawn and quartered…preferably in front of Borough Hall. How dare they spend our taxpayer money is such a frivolous and reckless manner.
Do you know what the average salary for a Borough Manager in Pottstown is? It’s $48,083. Do you know how much Flanders currently rakes in as Pottstown’s Borough Manager? $120,000.
Anybody who has ever searched or applied online for a job knows how easy it is to research a salary for a position. Here are two graphs from CareerBuilder.com and SimplyHired.com that support our valid case that Mark Flanders is overpaid.
SimplyHired.com notes an average salary of $41,000. CareerBuilder.com notes an average salary of $55,167. The average of the two salaries is $48,083. That means that Flanders’ current salary of $120,000 is 60% higher than the average for a typical Borough Manager salary in the 19464 zipcode.
And what has Mark Flanders done to deserve such a bump in pay? It might be slightly more palpable if Flanders actually reduced crime in Pottstown during his tenure as Police Chief…but we all know that wasn’t the case. Crime actually increased in Pottstown during the ten years of 2001-2011 while Flanders was in charge.
And to add insult to injury, council thought it fit that Flanders receive a $20,000 increase in salary, even though crime increased in the borough. An increase in crime results in an increase in salary in Pottstown.
The only slightly comprehendible reason that Flanders received a 20% pay increase and was selected for the position (even though he has absolutely no government management experience or degreed government management education) was due to his hiring of Bruce Castor, one of the current Montgomery County Commissioners, as his lawyer to legally intimidate in order to be hired.
What a sham. What an absolute and complete sham.
Shame on you Pottstown Borough Council for rolling over…once again…into making yet another terribly bad decision for our town. A decision that costs us taxpayers more money…and leaves us stuck with an unqualified, underperforming 33 year Pottstown public servant managing the borough. A true act of malice if there ever was one.
“Obviously crime pays, or there’d be no crime.” ~ G. Gordon Liddy