Killingly city manager expected pay rise after rave job appraisal

KILLINGLY – City Council this month gave Executive Director Mary Calorio a glowing review, calling her “exceeding expectations” in most rating categories, including her relationship with the council, her skills in finance and budgeting and leadership skills.

As part of the annual review process, board members complete a form that presents a rating system of 1 to 4 with “need improvement” at the bottom of the scale and an upper rating of “superior”.

The results of the assessment will serve as the basis for an item on the Tuesday board agenda that calls for Calorio to be granted a 2.25% salary increase, or $ 3,335. If approved, Calorio would be paid $ 151,598 per year.

The assessments are broken down into five sectional job performance topics that call for assessing community awareness, relationships with subordinates, and general communication skills, with an average score listed for each major section.

Each section is then divided into specific sub-topics, which are also rated on a 1 to 4 basis.

Calorio’s ratings in the Board Relations section were mostly between the ‘Exceeds Expectations’ and ‘Top’ levels, as were his ratings on Community Relations, Leadership, Budget / Finance, and Personal Characteristics. .

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In its first annual city council review released in September 2020, Calorio also met or exceeded expectations in just about every category in which it was rated, based on an average calculation of its scores. These scores led to an annual increase of $ 3,200.

At the special October 5 meeting, board members praised Calorio’s work ethic and his success in stemming staff turnover in several city departments, including public works and among police officers.

“You got into a mess when you came in with all kinds of turnover that has leveled off,” said Chairman of the Board Jason Anderson. “I’m glad you work for us and not for Putnam.”

Calorio was the city’s director of finance for several years before accepting a position as city administrator for Putnam in 2017. She beat 11 other candidates for the city of Killingly’s directorate, which she started. in March 2019.

Calorio’s predecessor Sean Hendricks abruptly resigned in August 2018.

Calorio said on Monday that there was some vagueness about the expectations and duties of certain positions, particularly within the cadre of police officers, a group of city police officers who operate under the auspices of the local state police force. .

“It was about being clear with new hires about the job,” she said. “For example, with police officers, there were a lot of assumptions about the job and the benefits that needed to be clarified so that people knew what they were getting into.”

And after

What: Killingly City Council Meeting

When: 7 p.m., Tuesday

Where: Town Hall. The meeting can be viewed on the city’s Facebook Live page at

Councilor Ray Wood II praised Calorio’s work ethic and penchant for long hours spent at Town Hall.

“I went to work at 5 in the morning or came back at night and said ‘This is Mary’s vehicle over there,'” he said.

Councilor Kevin Kerttula said Calorio made himself available to council members even before his first day on the job.

“She was still in Putnam and made herself accessible,” he said. “I met her after work and she had a plan to deal with (staff) turnover.”

Calorio received a few lower marks – although all still above the “meets expectations” level – for topics covering participation in city-sponsored events and supporting city council policies towards the public and staff.

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Despite the average rating, several board members noted that they regularly saw Calorio at weekend events – even more so than former city managers. Calorio said that while she tries to make an appearance at as many after-hours events as she can, she is also trying to find a “work / home balance.”

Calorio, who called Killingly her “second home,” said she plans to take the council’s suggestions to heart.

“It’s an opportunity to learn and grow and get a feel for how I can improve my service to the council and to the city,” she said.

John Penney can be reached at [email protected] or (860) 857-6965

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