BILLERICA -- After months of debate and controversy, the town manager contract drama has finally come to a close.
Billerica Town Manager John Curran has a new deal through June 2017, as he received a 6 percent salary increase and up to 9 months of severance pay in his new three-year contract approved by the board, 3-2, on Monday night.
Curran's salary is jumping from $139,740 a year to $148,124. No additional raises are in the three-year deal.
His severance package is going up from three months to four months, with an additional five months if he decides to forgo a lawsuit against the town under such a situation.
After several Curran supporters spoke in favor of the new contract, the divided board approved it 3-2. Selectmen Chairman Dave Gagliardi, Selectman Andrew Deslaurier and Selectman Bob Accomando supported the contract, while Selectman Mike Rosa and Selectman George Simolaris opposed the deal.
"There are a lot of great things about Billerica, and that's why I want to stay here," said Curran, after some in the selectmen's meeting stood up and cheered about the new deal's ratification. "I appreciate the board's support, and I welcome any board member who wants to sit down and improve the level of discourse in the town in the future."
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