Holyoke treasurer faces possible pay cut

City Councilors said "He's a disservice to the community"

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A passionate city council meeting Tuesday night in Holyoke. The topic? Jon Lumbra, the city’s treasurer.

Lumbra’s paid $70,000 a year for the position, but the City Council is looking to change that. Currently, Lumbra is juggling a second full-time job, and councilors say it isn’t fair.

“He’s out working another job full-time at the time he’s supposed to be here at city hall, and yet he’s relegated the citizenry to think we have to come down on Saturday and Sunday nights to see their treasurer. It doesn’t work that way,” said Kevin Jourdain, Holyoke City Council President.

By law, the treasurer’s office here at City Hall is open Monday through Friday from 8:30-4:30. However, chances are if you stop by, councilors say the treasurer won’t be here. That’s because Lumbra has a second full-time job at Loomis Village retirement community in South Hadley.

That’s why councilor’s hope to cut the treasurer’s pay from $70,000 to $20,000 a year, if not by more.

“The treasurer himself or herself only has to sign the debt that’s in the city’s name and produce a performance bond. All which are being done,” said Holyoke treasurer Jon Lumbra. “Am I sitting at a desk 40 hours or 35 hours when city hall is open a day? No, which is no different then the other department heads or elected officials within the city.”

Legally, Lumbra is allowed to have a second job, however he told 22News he’ll resign when the audit is complete, something he’s planned on for quite some time.

Based on protocol, the council decided to send the matter to committee, and will revisit it in two weeks. The council said the next treasurer will receive a full-time salary if they intend to work full-time.

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