Turtlegram: The City Council has offered City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. a three-year contract extension that would keep him on as the city’s chief executive through Oct. 3, 2020. When the council emerged from the closed-door meeting, Mayor Joseph M. Petty announced that the council had voted 9-2 to offer Mr. Augustus a contract extension, even though he still has one year remaining on his current employment contract. Councilors-at-Large Michael T. Gaffney and Konstantina B. Lukes voted in opposition.
Mr. Petty said Mr. Augustus will receive 2 percent raises in each year of the contract extension, similar to the 2 percent annual raises called for in his current contract, which expires Oct. 3, 2017. The mayor said one change to the contract is that the council has agreed to give the city manager an additional five vacation days. Mr. Augustus currently receives 20 vacation days per year; under the contract extension he will have 25 days each year.
“It was an easy contract to negotiate,” Mr. Petty said in an interview after the council meeting. “The manager did not come into this asking for big changes. It’s basically the same contract he has now with the exception of the additional five vacation days. The timing is perfect for this and it sends a message to the community that there is going to be consistency and stability in the leadership at City Hall for several more years,” the mayor added. “Ed has worked hard and done a very good job for this city and its residents. I have received a very good response from the community about the job he has done since becoming city manager. This (contract extension) is something that is well deserved.”
In addition to his regular salary, Mr. Augustus receives $38,400 in other forms of compensation. That includes a $3,000 annual stipend for disability insurance; a $3,000 annual stipend for life insurance; a $13,200 annual stipend for personal auto use in lieu of tracking business mileage; an estimated $1,200 worth of city-supplied fuel; and an $18,000 annual deferred compensation payment.
When the manager’s salary, buyback benefits and other forms of compensation are included, his total compensation for the final year of his current contract, which began Tuesday, is $250,126. Over the course of the contract extension, Mr. Augustus’ total compensation package will increase to $252,783 during the first year, $257,891 during the second year and $262,265 during the third and final year (2019-2020).
This is why Worcester can’t have nice things. This is why people are fleeing Worcester for the suburbs. Because they reward incompetence. Seriously what planet am I on? Ed Augustus redefines sub-par. Too many fuck ups to list in this blog, so if you wanna read them all then read this:
Of course the thing that sticks out most is that Worcester’s roads last winter (when it hardly ever snowed) were an abortion.
The head of the DPW who forgot to plow every time it snowed, was appointed by Ed Augustus and still has his job. Because this is what is acceptable to Fast Eddie.
But to me the most fucked up part about this is that the Worcester Firefighters haven’t gotten a new contract in 4 or 5 years now. How is getting Ed Augustus a new contract more important than getting a contract to the people who risk their lives and save people from dying on a daily basis? Just an FYI, the firefighters offer for a new contract was rejected by the city and this matter is going to arbitration. It’s well known that the contract they’re going to receive from an arbiter is gong to pay them significantly more than their original offer. So basically Ed Augustus cost the city millions of dollars a year by trying to fuck over our first responders. Good thing he’s getting a new contract with a raise.
And last winter a firetruck crashed into someone’s lawn because Ed’s boy Paul Moosey forgot to plow the snow.
City Councilors Mo Bergman, Kate Toomey, Tony Economou, George Russell, Candy Carlson, Khrystian King, Gary Rosen, Sarai Rivera, and Joe Petty looked at this picture and said, “this is acceptable.” Not only is it good enough, but we’re also going to give you a big raise, more paid vacation days, and a perfect evaluation. Sure, your contract isn’t even set to expire until October 3 of 2017, but we need to make sure we give you this brand new contract now before some other city steals Ed Augustus away from us.
Because what burgeoning municipality isn’t looking for a McGovern Crime Family capo who will make secret deals to sell park land, wasted $150,000 to search for a chief diversity officer because he refuses to hire anybody who isn’t white and male, and tows 300 people’s cars after instituting a parking ban at 1:02 AM (and has the taxpayers pay for the towing fees).
Normally you offer a contract like this to someone you fear might leave. For instance, it’s always good for the Patriots to make sure Tom Brady’s contract is taken care of well before it expires, because every team in the NFL would like Tom Brady on their team. But who the hell would EVER want Ed Augustus running their city? He has this job because he’s Worcester born and raised. He’s been a part of the McGovern machine since his early 20’s. He has no value outside of Worcester, but yet we’re giving him a huge raise and all these perks when we don’t have to right now. Because that makes TONS of sense.
So why are they doing this? Simple – they’re trying to do it at a time when people are too distracted with Trump and Hillary to notice. And it worked perfectly. If they waited until the contract was closer to expiring then this would be an issue for the 2017 City Council election. And they KNOW that they would NEVER be able to convince the voters that Ed Augustus was doing a good job. They also know that Gaffney would run his campaign around NOT giving him a new contract, so they had to make sure that they hooked up their boy before Gaffney starts putting up yard signs again.
Of course Ed Augustus and Paul Moosey wouldn’t know what it’s like to drive on the roads in Worcester because neither of them lives here. Paul Moosey lives in Sturbridge, and Ed Augustus lives in Millis:
Another rich, white politician who talks a big game about embracing people of color but purposely lives in a faraway town so he doesn’t have to live around them. Racist Eddie doing racist Eddie things.
This quote from Jumpin Joe Petty says it all:
“It was an easy contract to negotiate.”
Yea, no shit. Generally when you give someone a raise and a bunch of extra vacation days they take the offer. Way to play hardball with your best friend Joe.
Then there’s this quote:
“The timing is perfect for this and it sends a message to the community that there is going to be consistency and stability in the leadership at City Hall for several more years”
Yup, the timing is perfect. Because everyone’s too busy talking about Trump’s tax returns to notice that they slipped this one in there. Love how he uses the words “consistency and stability” too. In other words, the same people who have been running our city while it turns to shit for the last 10 years will continue to make sure that they’ll never miss a ribbon cutting or a chance to build a new hotel. “Stability and consistency” really just means that high ranking members of the McGovern Crime Family get jobs for life.
Then there’s this bullshit:
“I have received a very good response from the community about the job he has done since becoming city manager.”
Wait…..what?? No you haven’t. That’s because the only people in your “community” are your honky friends from Salisbury Street. You’re not talking to people living on lower Chandler Street or Belmont Hill or Main South who have slowly watched their neighborhoods become a junkie’s paradise.
It’s just mind boggling, infuriating, and a slap in the face to the working class people of Worcester. This schmuck is making OVER a quarter million dollars a year. That’s INSANE!!! If any of us did our jobs as poorly as him we’d all be fired. But since he’s friends with the right people he gets a raise. Welcome to Worcester.
I can’t help but look back at this article from Masslive and laugh out loud at this part:
“Augustus, who is now director of government and community relations at Holy Cross, will not be considered for the permanent post after his nine-month contract is up. Mayor Joseph Petty said Augustus wasn’t interested in the role. The appointment is short term, though Augustus will not be the “acting” city manager. Instead, he will be given a regular contract for up to nine months, in order to avoid a city rule that requires an acting city manager to be someone who already works in city hall.”
Augustus “wasn’t interested in the role.” Just keeping the seat warm until they find a permanent City Manager. What an absolute LYING crock of shit he turned out to be. This job was never intended to be temporary. They got their boy in there and they went around the rules that required an acting city manager to have worked in City Hall, because they know everyone would raise their eyebrows if they thought he was given the job permanently. But in reality they had this planned the whole time. Jim McGovern’s campaign manager would be appointed by Jim McGovern’s coffee bitch (Petty) to run Jim McGovern’s city. Then he’d cut a few ribbons, they’d hype him up, and the lemmings on the City Council would fall in line and give him a new contract.
We expected nothing less from Petty and Rivera. Same can be said for King, Economou, Russell, and Carlson. They’ve sucked since day one too. We all know how useless they are. But Mo Bergman and Kate Toomey are two that we need to get out of there next November. They finished in 4th and 5th place, right ahead of King. Those are the three weak ones that we need to get rid of. Bergman, King, Toomey. It’s doable. We can take back the City Council one by one. We have a great candidate named Justin Sleeper who is gonna be running in 2017, but we need more people to step up and take their city back from these crooks. Who wants in?
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