That would be in line with the 2021 salary for the Wayne Public Works & Engineering Director, which was $144,380 — and below last year's salary for the Wayne Township Health Officer, who earned $170,480.
The highest salary of any town employee last year was that of Wayne Township Police Chief John “Jack” McNiff at $248,158.
At least another 60 or so members of the police department had base salaries in 2021 above what the mayor would be earning, based on public pay records.
The average annual salary among Wayne township workers was $77,724 — 66% higher than the national average.
Mayor Christopher Vergano has successfully been elected four terms in a row since 2008.
In the November 2021 election, Vergano took more than 70% of the vote, beating Democratic challenger Arlene Sullivan 13,295 to 5,576.
He was also dubbed "Wayne Person of the Year," after undergoing treatment for cancer while dealing with the COVID pandemic and other crucial town issues, such as affordable housing requirements.
Vergano has also worked for two dozen years at Hishi Plastics USA, based in neighboring Lincoln Park.
He is up for re-election in 2025.
NJ top-earning mayors
According to NJ.com's analysis, mayors of 11 municipalities were earning six figures for their positions back in 2019.
Since then, it’s at least a dozen, as Edison opted to expand its mayoral post to full-time and include a sizable pay bump.
NJ mayors who make 6-figure salaries
As of 2023, there are at least a dozen full-time mayors around New Jersey making six-figure salaries for their positions.
Newark, Woodbridge and Elizabeth have helped lead the pack. Jersey City, Paterson, Edison and Wayne more recently adjusted their pay for the elected post.
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Everything is costing more these days — and housing is certainly no exception in New Jersey.
Data for 2022 from January through August, compiled by New Jersey Realtors, shows that South Jersey has been seeing homes hit the market and sell in less than a month, on average.
Median prices for single-family homes have reached $500,000 and above in nine counties in North and Central Jersey.
All but two counties have seen houses go for more than the list price, on average, this year.