Updated 11-29-11, 11:31 a.m.
HARTFORD — The Hartford City Council on Monday voted for a resolution to increase the city treasurer’s salary.
Seven council members approved a $10, 000 salary hike for Adam Cloud. Effective January 1, 2012, Cloud’s annual salary will be $150,000. The city ordinance authorizes 75 percent of the treasurer’s salary from the city’s pension fund. The other 25 percent comes from the city’s general operating budget.
Democratic Councilman Robert Painter said he voted for the resolution proposed by outgoing Council Chair rJo Winch because the salary hike was “appropriate.”
Several city residents disagreed with that assessment. They appeared before the council on Monday to vehemently oppose the salary increase after exchanging e-mails earlier in the day with, among others, the Democratic caucus, Working Families Party Councilmember Larry Deutsch and Mayor Pedro Segarra.
The irony was not lost on Democratic Town Committee members from the first district. They appealed to Deutsch for assistance to plead their cause regarding this “fiscally irresponsible” action by the council.
“It’s a slap in the face,” said Elaine Hatcher, a DTC member.
According to Hatcher, former treasurer Kathleen Palm Devine tapped Cloud to be her replacement after she resigned in 2010.
“And once he was appointed to that job,” said another DTC member Lelia Bouyer, “ he felt he automatically should get the job.”
Both Hatcher and Bouyer also raised the issue of nepotism and cronyism, saying that Cloud and his wife were both “controlling” the city’s money. It’s unclear whether Cloud’s wife was moved to the Finance Department, or has yet to be moved.
Deutsch was the only councilmember who voted against the salary increase.
The treasurer’s salary increase comes after voters on Nov. 8 voted to rescind a salary increase for city council members. That’s because in 2008 voters approved a salary increase from $15,000 a year to $26,650. The pay hike was scheduled to take effect January 2012.