Between his pension and his annual salary, new Union City Housing Authority Executive Director Stanley Sanger will earn $330,000 in 2016, but the agency is sticking to their guns, saying the hire actually saved them over $100,000.
Sanger, a former decorated superintendent of schools in Union City with a $167,082 pension, ran his first meeting as the UCHA executive director on Thursday night.
He thanked the board for giving him the opportunity, also saying he was â€œimpressedâ€ with how professional the interview process was before stating how he plans to familiarize himself with the authority.
Sanger also said heâ€™s met with Police Chief Richard Molinari to improve the departmentâ€™s relations with the UCHA.
Furthermore, he also wants to do an informal meet and greet with residents as they pay their rents at the authority at the beginning of next month and intends to have ID badges made for all authority employees.
He also briefly addressed coming out of retirement, which lasted less than two years, without getting into the particulars.
After receiving a round of applause from the board, I eventually took the podium to commend Sanger on his accomplishments as superintendent, as well as to ask if he was truly qualified to run a housing authority. Sanger was happy to answer the question head on.
When asked for the specifics related to Sangerâ€™s compensation, UCHA Counsel Krystle Nova said Sangerâ€™s $163,000 salary was the lowest among all the interviewed candidates, with agency CFO Rafael Natera noting that the overall savings by hiring Sanger exceed $100,000.
Hudson County View exclusively reported in February that the UCHA’s executive director search was coming to an end and, earlier this month, was the first to report on Sanger getting the job.