Rizza’s Employment Contract Released
Dormont Borough released the employment contract Tuesday for former borough manager Gino Rizza, and council President Bill McCartney offered an explanation for the terms of Rizza’s settlement agreement, which was released earlier this month.
The employment contract is attached here as a PDF file.
McCartney said that although there’s no record of the employment contract being discussed during a council meeting, council did approve the manager’s salary at a public meeting in 2009.
Section III B of the employment contract states:
Commencing January 1, 2010, and each successive January 1 in which this agreement is in force, any increase in salary will be based on the approved budget.
In the 2010 and 2011 budgets, McCartney said, $75,000 was budgeted for the borough manager. However, Rizza was paid less than that amount, as shown by the 2011 adopted budget, available on the borough website's homepage.
“When the decision was made to move forward with him leaving, five of the council members, the mayor and the solicitor read the contract to mean that he needed that pay,” MacCartney said.
The employment contract was signed by Rizza, former solicitor Deron Gabriel, and then council President John Maggio. Borough secretary Vickie McGurk was a witness to the signatures, but not to the creation of the contract.