Gregory to receive $10,000 reimbursement if required to move to town
By Laura Hayes, Contributing Writer
HUDSON – Hudson’s new Executive Assistant, Thomas Gregory, officially has a three-year contract, which is set to begin June 7.
The Select Board unanimously approved Gregory’s contract during their April 5 meeting.
“Welcome, Mr. Gregory,” said Select Board member Scott Duplisea.
Duplisea and fellow board member Fred Lucy were part of a subcommittee that negotiated the contract with Gregory.
“I think we’re extremely fortunate to be getting Mr. Gregory to be coming here,” Duplisea said. “I’m really looking forward to it. I think the citizens of Hudson will be proud once they get to meet him and see what he can do.”
Gregory was one of three finalists publicly interviewed for the position after the current Executive Assistant, Tom Moses, announced his plans to retire.
Gregory, who is from Central Massachusetts, is currently Town Administrator of the Town of Spencer.
Board Vice-Chair John Parent called Gregory’s contract “very suitable for both the town and Mr. Gregory.”
His contract calls for an annual salary of $170,000 with an annual increase to account for the rising cost of living. That raise will annually fall between 1.5 percent and 3 percent. It will be determined each year on the anniversary of Gregory’s contract.
In comparison, Moses’ most recent contract, which was effective July 2018, called for an annual salary of $166,708.88 with an annual cost of living increase capped at 2.5 percent.
Gregory will also be able to accrue a total of 20 vacation days. His contract also allows him to be reimbursed for up to $10,000 if he is required to move to Hudson. However, that provision is null and void if he is not required to move.
Town Meeting voters will decide next month whether to erase a residency requirement that has mandated past Executive Assistants to live in Hudson.
Additionally, Hudson will pay a monthly sum of $150 for “technology reimbursement above and beyond professional association dues.”
This provision is a restructuring from Moses’ contract, which called for an annual sum not to exceed $2,000 for professional development above his professional association dues.