By Mariah Melendez
Cheshire Herald Staff
CHESHIRE – The Town Council believes Town Manager Sean Kimball is doing a good job, and the group showed their approval this week in the form of a contract extension.
On Tuesday, the Council voted in favor of Kimball’s extension 7 to 1. The only dissenting vote was cast by Councilor Tom Ruocco, who explained the rough outlines of the new contract to those at the meeting.
“I have spent a number of months debating the terms and conditions of this,” Ruocco said. “But Sean’s contract is something that I take seriously. Sean will be receiving a 3 percent bump in his salary until 2022 ...”
Kimball’s base salary will increase to $146,775 a year, up from the $142,500 he is currently making. The contract is retroactive to July 1 and runs until June 20, 2022.
While Ruocco voted against the contract, he made clear that his objections had to do with the structure of the contract and was not a statement on his opinion of Kimball and his abilities.
“This is in no way a reflection of my satisfaction of Sean’s job performance,” he said.
After the contract renewal had been passed, several Councilors took the time to thank Kimball for his service.
“Thank you for the job you’ve done,” said Councilor Peter Talbot. “Thank you for what you have done for the Council and the community.”
Chairman Rob Oris also had kind words for Kimball.
“Thank you,” Oris said. “You have had a lot on your plate this past year and you’ve addressed all these issues in a very professional manner. We’ve even had to laugh at the things you have had to deal with in this short time. You’ve certainly exceeded my expectations.”
Oris also commended Kimball for the commitment he has made to Cheshire by relocating his entire family to the community.
“Thank you all for your support,” Kimball said. “I hope to work with you all for many years to come.”