Increase Mallach’s pay

To the editor:

I am writing to urge the Harrietstown Town Board to seriously consider granting Supervisor Mallach’s request to increase her pay to $39,000 a year. She is dedicated to a high standard of service in everything that she does and I have no doubt that the town will get full value for adopting this salary.

I got to know Jordanna when she made her first foray into politics to run for Franklin County sheriff in 2018 with a clear vision of how she could bring her experience as a logistics officer in the Army National Guard to improve systems at the Franklin County jail. While she did not win that contest, it caused her to look around for other opportunities to enter community service. She succeeded in her next race as councilwoman for Harrietstown, and then again to take the job of supervisor.

Her current salary is $18,385 a year. I didn’t know this before I read it in the Enterprise (“Harrietstown supervisor requests $20K pay raise,” Sept. 27) and was surprised to learn how low it is.

Knowing how many tasks end up on her desk, as facilities from the Lake Clear airport to Dewey Mountain to the Harrietstown Housing Authority all demand attention from the supervisor, I don’t understand how one could be expected to do the job on a part-time basis. Perhaps it was possible in the past, but it’s hard to believe it can still work in 2022.

I don’t live in Harrietstown, and I don’t pay town taxes, so I don’t expect to have a say on the town budget. I just want to add my opinion to the many others who know the level of commitment that Jordanna brings to her job. If the town board decides to pay Mallach a salary more in line with the work that she puts in, I’m sure the taxpayers will get their money’s worth.

Ellen Beberman



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