New Jersey congressman gets 15 percent pay raise for Paterson school district job


A New Jersey congressman received a significant pay raise for his post in the Paterson School District this year, according to payroll records.

Benjie Wimberly’s salary rose from $ 147,105 to $ 169,778, according to district records, a huge increase of $ 22,600.

Wimberly represents District 35, which includes Paterson, in the New Jersey Assembly. He is also vice-president of the Assembly.

“Sir. Wimberly has worked at Paterson Public Schools for 32 years, providing excellent recreation programs for Paterson youth. At the start of the 2021-2022 school year, Mr. Wimberly received the perennial salary increase 3% to his base salary that all employees in good standing receive, plus longevity to bring his total compensation to $ 151,678, “said Paul Brubaker, spokesperson for Superintendent Eileen Shafer.” Sir. Wimberly’s former title of Site Coordinator has been corrected to Director of Recreation. As a result, $ 13,600 was added to his base salary. He also receives $ 10,900 in longevity, making his current compensation $ 169,778. “

Brubaker did not say why a title correction was needed or when the pay raise was granted. Wimberly heads the city’s recreation division under a shared services agreement between the city government and the district.

“We found out that he was not receiving his longevity salary,” said school board president Kenneth Simmons.

Simmons said the problem started when Wimberly was on city council. He was paid by the district for 10 months and the city for 2 months. After his election to the council, the city could no longer pay him, so the district ended up paying for the full 12 months. His title was Recreation Director, but when completed he was Recreation Coordinator.

How did the district find out about the problem?

“I think there was a question about its longevity,” Simmons said. “I don’t know who asked the question. I just got the explanation.

Wimberly is known for his influence on the majority faction on the Board of Education. For example, late last week he endorsed three outgoing school board members seeking re-election in November.

Wimberly did not respond to a call for comment for this story.

Last year, the Shafer administration granted a 13% pay rise to MP Shavonda Sumter’s husband Kenneth Sumter.

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