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With six figures, former first selectman tops Roxbury’s list of highest-paid town employees

With six figures, former first selectman tops Roxbury’s list of highest-paid town employees

ROXBURY — Former First Selectman Barbara Henry’s salary last year far surpassed her colleagues in town.

Henry took home about $112,000 in 2021, making her the top earner in Roxbury town government, according to payroll data provided to the town through a Freedom of Information Act request.

She also received the largest raise last year, earning about $90,700 in 2020. After 24 years as first selectman, Henry decided not to run for re-election in 2021 to spend more time with her family. In a recent phone conversation with her, she was in Florida babysitting her grandchildren.


For Henry, becoming first selectman was a natural progression. She first served two years on the Region 12 Board of Education and then four years as a Roxbury selectman before taking over as first selectman.

First Selectman Patrick Roy, who succeeded Henry after winning the November election, took home about $10,500 in 2021.

Building Inspector John Blaney ranked No. 2 on the top 10 salaries list. He made about $82,200 in 2021, up from $79,800 in 2020.

Top 10 earners in Roxbury

1. First Selectman Barbara Henry

2019 – $87,864

2020 – $90,671

2021 – $112,292

2. Building Inspector John Blaney

2019 – $77,752.6

2020 – $79,809.98

2021 -$82,202.34

3. Public Works Foreman Ernest S. Finch

2019 – $71,107.47

2020 – $70,574.99

2021 – $77,967.30

4. Public Works, Paul Swanson

2019 – $65,309.47

2020 – $66,502.29

2021 – $71,635.91

5. Public Works, Todd T. Gillette

2019 – $67,803.96

2020 – $65,951.67

2021 – $71,380.33

6. Michael R. Foreman

2019 – $66,213.77

2020 – $59,625.68

2021 – $70,610.43

7. Floyd L. Williams

2019 – $67,133.47

2020 – $64,268.17

2021 – $70,264.71

8. Financial Administrator/Treasurer Kimberlee Baron

2019 – $61,737.51

2020 – $64,857.93

2021 – $69,065

9. Police officer William Cario

2019 – $17,617.50

2020 – $6,1787

2021 – $65,760.54

10. Assistant Town Clerk/IT James A. Hurlbut

2019 – $42,988.92

2020 – $43,633.98

2021 – $46,697.20


Rounding out the top three paid town officials in 2021 was Public Works Foreman Ernest S. Finch with a salary of $78,000.

The next four largest earnings in 2021 were all in the $70,000 range and also came from the Public Works Department.

Public Works officials Paul Swanson earned about $71,600; Todd T. Gillette had a salary of around $71,400; Michael R. Foreman made about $70,600; and Floyd L. Williams earned around $70,300. All salaries include overtime, vacation and holiday pay.

The next two highest salaries in 2021 were earned by Financial Administrator/Treasurer Kimberlee Baron with $69,065 and police officer William Cario with $65,760.

The final spot in the top 10 belongs to Assistant Town Clerk/IT James A. Hurlbut, with about $56,500

The next two top salaries were earned by Selectman’s office/Administrative Assistant Judith Moker, with almost $55,700 and Town Clerk Peter A. Hurlbut, with about $46,700.

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